from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A string that gathers or draws together a purse, a bag, or the like; a shirring-string.
  • noun Nautical: A kind of small line made of rope-yarns twisted together, used for seizings or for hammock-clues. Formerly robbins for bending sails and reefpoints were sometimes made in this way.
  • noun plural The halves of two adjoining yarns in a rope, twisted up together for pointing or grafting. Also written knettles.

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

  • noun Prov. Eng. A string that draws together a purse or bag.
  • noun (Naut.) See Nettles.

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  • noun UK, dialect A string that draws together a purse or bag.
  • noun nautical Alternative form of nettles.


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  • A knotted cord, rather like a simple whip, used to strike prisoners who had been made to run the gauntlet.

    May 20, 2008

  • "Knittles, are small lines, composed of two or three rope-yarns, either plaited or twisted, and used for various purposes at sea, particularly to fasten the service on the cable, to reef the sails by the bottom, and to sling the sailors' hammocks between decks. Knittle is also a name given to the loops or buttons of a bonnet."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 212

    October 12, 2008

  • C_b, did you mean to add this to your list? Just wonderin'. :-)

    October 14, 2008

  • Oops.

    October 14, 2008

  • I do that too.

    October 14, 2008