from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a rope occasionally fitted to a square sail in stormy weather, so as to spill the sail, in order that it may be reefed or furled more easily.


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  • A rope sometimes fixed to a ship's mainsail and foresail to assist in reefing and furling. (A Sea of Words, 413) Usage note on roband.

    March 16, 2008