Marline Mar"line, n. [LG. marlien, marling, or D. marling, marlijn, fr. D. marren to tie, prob. akin to E. moor, v., and lijn line: cf.F. merlin. See {Moor}, v., {Line}.] (Naut.) A small line composed of two strands a little twisted, used for winding around ropes and cables, to prevent their being weakened by fretting. [1913 Webster]

{Marline spike}, {Marling spike} (Naut.), an iron tool tapering to a point, used to separate the strands of a rope in splicing and in marling. It has an eye in the thick end to which a lanyard is attached. See {Fid}. [Written also {marlin spike}]

{Marline-spike bird}. [The name alludes to the long middle tail feathers.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) A tropic bird. (b) A jager, or skua gull. [1913 Webster]

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  • Marline — Mar line, v. t. [F. merliner.] (Naut.) To wind marline around; as, to marline a rope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Marline — Marline,   Singular Marlin der, s, Name zweier Gattungen der Segelträger …   Universal-Lexikon

  • marline — [mär′liŋmär′lin] n. [Du marlijn, altered (infl. by lijn, LINE1) < marling < marlen: see MARL2] a small cord of two loosely twisted strands, used as for winding around ropes or cables to prevent fraying: also marlin or marling [mär′liŋ] …   English World dictionary

  • Marline — Weißer Marlin (Tetrapturus albidus) Marlin (Marline) ist die Bezeichnung für mehrere große Fischarten aus der Familie der Fächer und Speerfische (Istiophoridae), die zu den Gattungen Makaira und Tetrapturus gehören. Verschiedene Arten dieser sehr …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • marline — noun A light rope, used to prevent the ends of larger ropes from fraying. A young man, who has been the whole voyage out of irons, first on account of a large ulcer, and since for his seeming good behaviour, gave them a large marline spike down… …   Wiktionary

  • Marline — Marlina, Marline Zusammenfügung aus → Maria und …   Deutsch namen

  • marline — n. Naut. a thin line of two strands. Phrases and idioms: marline spike = MARLINSPIKE. Etymology: ME f. Du. marlijn f. marren bind + lijn LINE(1) …   Useful english dictionary

  • marline — also marlin noun Etymology: Middle English merlyn, probably from Middle Low German marlinc, merlinc, from mēren to tie, moor Date: 15th century a small usually tarred line of two strands twisted loosely left handed that is used especially for… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • marline — /mahr lin/, n. Naut. small stuff of two fiber strands, sometimes tarred, laid up left handed. Also, marlin, marling /mahr ling/. [1375 1425; late ME merlin. See MARL2, LINE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Marline — Provenance. Forme hypocoristique de Marie. Vient de l hébreu mar yâm , signifie mer Se fête le 15 août. Histoire. Nous connaissons tous Marie, fille de Joachim et de Anne, mère de Jésus, fils de Dieu. On l appelle aussi Sainte Vierge ou Vierge… …   Dictionnaire des prénoms français, arabes et bretons