bow·line (bōlĭn, -līn′)
1. Nautical A rope attached to the weather leech of a square sail to hold the leech forward when sailing close-hauled.
2. A knot forming a loop that does not slip but that can be untied easily.
[Middle English bouline, probably from Middle Danish bovline or Middle Low German bōlīne, both from Middle Low German bōch līne : bōch, bow; see bheug- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + līne, line (from Latin līnea; see LINE1).]
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