from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a band of canvas or a rope fastened in some convenient place, and passed round the body of the man who heaves the lead in sounding, to prevent his falling into the sea. Also called parrel-rope (which see).
  • noun A broad leather band placed across the breast of a horse and used as a substitute for a collar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A band for the breast. Specifically: (Naut.) A band of canvas, or a rope, fastened at both ends to the rigging, to support the man who heaves the lead in sounding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical A band of canvas, attached to a ship's rigging, that provides support for the man heaving the lead in heavy weather.


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  • Fig. 3.12: The breastband is a simple and cheap design, which is usually made of thick rubber, old tyres, canvas belting, transmission belt or similar strong but flexible materials, joined together with bolts or rivets.

    3.1 Cattle harness 1995

  • "Here, the neckband-it's more to carry the breastband than anything else," Haraket told him.

    Joust Lackey, Mercedes 2003

  • And here was Flask now standing, Daggoo with one lifted arm furnishing him with a breastband to lean against and steady himself by.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale 2002

  • The breastband has the disadvantage of not only pulling on the shoulders, but also on the chest which may obstruct the donkey's breathing.

    3.1 Cattle harness 1995

  • The traces are the lines that transmit the pull from the breastband or collar to the cart or implement itself.

    3.1 Cattle harness 1995

  • In order to make the breastband more comfortable, the sharp edges of the belting have to be filed down and the heads of the bolts or rivets inside the harness have to fit smoothly into the belt material.

    3.1 Cattle harness 1995

  • There are two types of harness suitable for donkeys: The breastband and the collar harness.

    3.1 Cattle harness 1995

  • The collar harness is more comfortable, but it is more complex in design than the breastband, yet it can be made of materials that are easy to find in rural areas, such as wood, cloth, leather, some nails, stuffing for the cushions - best material for this being the tail brush of cattle or even the donkeys themselves.

    3.1 Cattle harness 1995

  • If the breastband is used, the saddle is included in the design ..

    3.1 Cattle harness 1995

  • The breeching strap is a wide strap of the same materials as the breastband that passes under the tail of the donkey.

    3.1 Cattle harness 1995


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