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1. English history the local representative of the king in a shire (under the ealdorman) until the early 11th century
2. (in medieval England) a manorial steward who supervised the daily affairs of the manor: often a villein elected by his fellows
3. Canadian government (in certain provinces) a president of a local council, esp in a rural area
4. (formerly) a minor local official in any of several parts of England and the US
the female of the ruff (the bird)
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
To pass a rope through a hole or opening in a block, ringbolt, or similar device.
To fasten something by passing a rope or line through or around it.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.