from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A rope used to raise or lower a sail, flag, or yard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rope used to raise or lower a sail, flag, spar or yard.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rope or tackle for hoisting or lowering yards, sails, flags, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a rope or purchase used to hoist or lower yards or sails on their respective masts or stays. All yards have halyards except the lower yards and lower topsail-yards.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rope for raising or lowering a sail or flag
The word halyard became familiar to him and connected itself definitely with certain ropes.
Down comes the jib and the man standing by the fore topsail halyard, which is on the weather side of the galley, is drenched by the crests of two big seas which come over the rail.
I had forgotten to make provision for a flag-halyard.
Evidently, when washed overboard, he had grasped and become entangled in a trailing halyard.
He ordered the captain to cut the halyard by which the cook's body was towing, and also to go forward and cut loose the jib-halyard and sheet.
And besides, I could tell anywhere the rattle of her main peak-blocks -- they're too large for the halyard.
The British boat appeared to be in control of the fifth start when with 40 seconds to go the mainsail dropped when its halyard broke.
Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
They had removed both the halyard atop the flagpole at Fort George and the cleats used to climb it.
Letting go of the end of a halyard when attaching it to a sail will result in the person on this day, me who let go having to climb the mast to fetch it!