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See cock (to set erect).


cockbill (third-person singular simple present cockbills, present participle cockbilling, simple past and past participle cockbilled)

  1. (nautical, transitive) To tilt up one end of, so as to make almost vertical.
    to cockbill the yards as a sign of mourning
  2. (nautical, transitive) To suspend (the anchor) from the cathead preparatory to letting it go.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for cockbill in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)