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  • noun plural (Naut.) The small transverse ropes attached to the shrouds and forming the steps of a rope ladder.

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  • noun Plural form of ratline.


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  • "ratlines" - Perón considered the Nuremburg trials "an outrage history would not forgive."

    JPost Headlines

  • I suspect this is part of the Israeli Defense Forces attempts to put a strangle hold, a grip, on Lebanon, to prevent any kind of ratlines or secret supply routes -- Wolf.

    CNN Transcript Aug 4, 2006

  • Gelli, who had served with Franco's forces in the Spanish Civil War, helped organize the underground "ratlines" responsible for smuggling scores of powerful Nazis and their sympathizers out of Europe immediately after World War II.

  • It was a monster of the sea, with massive black ratlines and thousands of feet of sail.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • They learned how to keep their feet on rolling decks, how to climb ratlines in a gale, how to furl and unfurl sail, how to hurl grapnels and board ships and fire blunderbusses.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • The staffs themselves were like ships 'masts, with topmasts spliced on in true nautical fashion, with shrouds, ratlines, gaffs, and flag-halyards.

    Chapter 1

  • He managed to get underneath the crosstrees, and there he froze to the ratlines.


  • She flung it around the ratlines, pinning the undead to it.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • Steering I picked up easily, but running aloft to the crosstrees and swinging my whole weight by my arms when I left the ratlines and climbed still higher, was more difficult.

    Chapter 17

  • A summer of higher casualties is upon us, as U.S. marines and soldiers advance down Taliban ratlines in southern Afghanistan.

    Obama the Untested


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