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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 bow·line /ˈbolən, ˌlaɪn/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bow·line n.  Naut. A rope fastened near the middle of the leech or perpendicular edge of the square sails, by subordinate ropes, called bridles, and used to keep the weather edge of the sail tight forward, when the ship is closehauled.
 Bowline bridles, the ropes by which the bowline is fastened to the leech of the sail.
 Bowline knot. See Illust. under Knot.
 On a bowline, close-hauled or sailing close to the wind; -- said of a ship.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a loop knot that neither slips not jams [syn: bowline knot]