from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as martinet.


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  • "MARTNETS, in a ship, are small lines fastened to the leech of a sail, being reeved through a block on the topmast head, and coming down by the mast to the deck. Their use is to bring the leech of the sail close down to the yard to be furled."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 262

    October 12, 2008