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. 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