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Nautical a line rove through deadeyes for extending or tightening standing rigging
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
A small rope or line used to fasten something in ships, especially one passing through deadeyes and used to extend shrouds or stays.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.