What does the word halyard mean?

Usage examples for halyard

  1. For instance, there is the jib halyard and the foresail halyard. – Boys' Book of Model Boats by Raymond Francis Yates
  2. Good signal- halyard; I'd like to take it back, but I didn't bring my knife. – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  3. When I bought a boat to bring hither I knew not the distinguishing term of a single halyard, save the " topping lift," and even that scant knowledge was idle, for I was blankly ignorant of the place and purpose of the oddly- named rope. – My Tropic Isle by E J Banfield
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