from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A binding of multiple turns of thread or light line around a rope end to keep it from unlaying.
  • noun The lighter line so used.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of taking hold or possession.
  • noun Nautical, the operation of fastening, binding, or lashing with several turns of a cord, or the fastening so made; also, the cord used for that purpose; seizing-stuff. See also cut under rose-lashing.

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

  • noun The act of taking or grasping suddenly.
  • noun The operation of fastening together or lashing.
  • noun The cord or lashing used for such fastening.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a type of lashing or binding by a small cord
  • verb Present participle of seize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
  • noun small stuff that is used for lashing two or more ropes together


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  • A knot used to hold two lines or two parts of the same line together.

    February 23, 2008