manrope

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  • man-rope

NounEdit

manrope (plural manropes)

  1. (nautical) Each of the side ropes to a gangway or ladder of a ship.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      Halting for an instant at the foot of the ladder, and with both hands grasping the ornamental knobs of the man-ropes, Father Mapple cast a look upwards, and then with a truly sailor-like but still reverential dexterity, hand over hand, mounted the steps as if ascending the main-top of his vessel.

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