from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of a boltrope that is sewn to the upper edge or head of a sail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That part of a boltrope which is sewed to the upper edge or head of a sail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a rope to support the head of a mast.
  • n. That part of a bolt-rope which terminates any sail on its upper edge, and to which the sail is sewed.


head +‎ rope (Wiktionary)


  • Because the headrope is made of rope which can rub the skin, this should be for temporary use only.

    3.1 Cattle harness

  • A headrope is very easy to make quickly and to slip on to the donkey.

    3.1 Cattle harness

  • Hardy, carefully hanging up his spotless, glossy equipment at the head of his cot, turned to the farrier who was likewise engaged in arranging a bridle and a pipe-clayed headrope.

    The Luck of the Mounted A Tale of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police

  • Afterwards, the laborious hauling in -- one man at the headrope and the other at the foot.

    A Poor Man's House

  • At Seacombe they are commonly forty fathoms in length along the headrope which connects them all, and five fathoms deep.

    A Poor Man's House

  • From these hang the lanyards [16] which support the headrope, from the headrope hang perpendicularly the nets themselves.

    A Poor Man's House

  • For mackerel, which is a surface and midwater fish, they are much shorter, so that the headrope lies just below the top of the water.

    A Poor Man's House

  • Then John took the foot of the net, Tony the mesh and myself the headrope.

    A Poor Man's House

  • At times, it seemed as if nothing could move the headrope.

    A Poor Man's House

  • Yard by yard the nets came up, now foul, now broken, now tangled, now wound about the headrope and almost solid with fish.

    A Poor Man's House


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