Halyard Hal"yard (h[a^]l"y[~e]rd), n. [Hale, v. t. + yard.] (Naut.) A rope or tackle for hoisting or lowering yards, sails, flags, etc. [Written also {halliard}, {haulyard}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • halyard — (n.) rope for hoisting sails, 1610s, from M.E. halier a halyard (late 14c.), also a carrier, porter (late 13c. in surnames), from halen to haul (see HALE (Cf. hale) (v.)). Spelling influenced by yard long beam that supports a sail (see YARD (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • halyard — ► NOUN ▪ a rope used for raising and lowering a sail, yard, or flag on a ship. ORIGIN Old French haler …   English terms dictionary

  • halyard — [hal′yərd] n. [altered (after YARD1) < ME halier < halien: see HALE2] a rope or tackle for raising or lowering a flag, sail, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Halyard — In sailing, a halyard or halliard is a line (rope) that is used to hoist (pull up) a sail, a flag or a yard. The term Halyard comes from the phrase to Haul yards . Halyards, like most other parts of the running rigging, were classically made of… …   Wikipedia

  • halyard — hal|yard [ˈhæljəd US ərd] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: hallier halyard (14 17 centuries), from hale to pull , from Old French haler; HAUL1] technical a rope used to raise or lower a flag or sail …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • halyard — noun Etymology: Middle English halier, probably from Anglo French *halier, from haler to haul more at hale Date: 14th century a rope or tackle for hoisting and lowering something (as sails) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • halyard — /hal yeuhrd/, n. any of various lines or tackles for hoisting a spar, sail, flag, etc., into position for use. Also, halliard. [1325 75; ME halier rope to haul with (see HALE2, IER1) with final syllable altered by assoc. with YARD1] * * * …   Universalium

  • halyard — noun A rope used to raise or lower a sail, flag, spar or yard …   Wiktionary

  • halyard — rope or tackle for hoisting and lowering sails Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • halyard — hal·yard || hælɪə(r)d n. rope for raising or lowering a flag or sail (also halliard) …   English contemporary dictionary