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Definition of the noun ratline

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noun - plural: ratlines

  1. (nautical) a small horizontal rope between the shrouds of a sailing ship; they form a ladder for climbing aloft
    • domain: navigation / sailing / seafaring
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • alternative spelling: ratlin
    • more generic word: line = something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
    • part of: ship = a vessel that carries passengers or freight

Alternative definition of the noun ratline


  1. [nautical] The cross ropes between the shrouds, which form a net like ropework, allowing sailors to climb up towards the top of the mast.

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Google previewWives and Warriors (1997)

Women and the Military in the United States and Canada by Laurie Lee Weinstein, Christie C. White

The Ratline is the umbilical cord connected to monstrous mothers, who "teach" the Rat babies how to sleep, eat, talk, walk, within a hierarchical enmeshment that one can't break. But the power of juniors and sophomores is subordinate to the ...

Google previewThe Explainer (2004)

by Slate Magazine

Ratline is a nautical term, referring to small lengths of horizontal cord that run between the shrouds, several strong ropes that affix the top of a mast to the vessel's sides. The ratlines serve as crude ladder rungs, allowing the crew to scale the ...

Google previewGod's Bankers (2015)

A History of Money and Power at the Vatican by Gerald Posner

*Ratline is a sixteenth-century nautical word referring to crude ladders on the sides of ships made from strips of rope.

Google previewLogic (2013)

An Aristotelian Approach by Mary Michael Spangler

Every ratline is a piece of tarred rope. . Not every separation is painful. . Every stone is nonmetallic mineral matter. . No tweezers are sterilized. EXERCISE 3 If possible, convert the following propositions. 1. . 207 .

Google previewThe Horrors of Trauma in Cinema (2014)

Violence Void Visualization by Michael Elm, Kobi Kabalek, Julia B. Köhne

RATLINE is a recent entry in this litany of splatter horror, hardly what one would describe as 'highbrow' cinema. Nevertheless, as the film suggests, just when the American public seems to have grown tired of goose-stepping ghouls and moved ...

Google previewPlymouth Products (1914)

by Plymouth Cordage Company

PLYMOUTH HEMP RATLINE is a rope varying in size from 6-thread up to 24- thread. The lay is the regular lay of our Hemp Rope and the number of strands three. Coils measure 200 fathons (1200 feet). Ratline was originally used for the cross ...

Google previewDictionary of Antisemitism from the Earliest Times to the Present (2007)

by Robert Michael, Philip Rosen

RATLINE. Post- World War II organization for the escape of Nazi war criminals from Europe. It was an informal secret association of Catholic clergy and Vatican officials with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, an intelligence gathering unit that ...

Google previewPaasch's Illustrated Marine Dictionary (2014)

Originally Published as ÒFrom Keel to TruckÓ by Captain Heinrich Paasch

Raft » saving—Rasp » wood— Ratline; Ratline stuff Rave-hook; ...

Google previewThe Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection [4 volumes] (2017)

by Paul R. Bartrop, Michael Dickerman

Overall, Hudal's ratline was relatively small-scale compared to larger operations. The major Roman ratline was operated by a small but significant network of Croatian priests, members of the Franciscan order, and led by Father Krunoslav ...

Google previewChambers's English Dictionary, Pronouncing, Explanatory, and Etymological, with Vocabularies of Scottish Words and Phrases, Americanisms, &c (1893)

by William Chambers

RATLINE, RATLIN, ratslin, RATTLING, ratling, ing the shrouds and forming the steps of the rigging of ships. RAT'S - BANE, ratz' - bān, n. Poison for rats: arsenious acid. RAT-TAIL, rat'-täl, adj. Like a rat's tail in form, as a round, thin file. RATTAN ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2010)

The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler

ratlin, ratline, ratling. The derivation is uncertain; but the last syllable probably contains neither the word line nor the participle ...

Google previewThe Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (2012)

by Chambers,

warp 05brace,cable,lasso, noose,widdy 06bridle, halter,hawser, hobble, lariat, runner, strand, string,tackle, tether 07 bobstay, bowline, cordage, cringle, halyard, lanyard, lashing, marline,mooring, outhaul, painter, ratline 08buntline, clewline ...

Google previewDepartment of Defense dictionary of military and associated terms (Online)

ratline — An organized effort for moving personnel and/or material by clandestine means across a denied area or border.

Google previewNew American Roget's College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (Revised &Updated) (2002)

by Philip D. Morehead

gangway; anchor, bower, fluke, hook, barb, shank, grapnel, kedge, sea anchor, anchor chock; backstay, becket, bight, block, bobstay, buntline, hawser, halyard, heaving line, spring line, lanyard, ratline, mainstay, vang, warp, shroud, burton, ...

Google previewArmy Dictionary and Desk Reference (2004)

by Timothy Zurick

ratline An organized effort for clandestine cross -border ...

Google previewA Corrupt Tree: An Encyclopaedia of Crimes committed by the Church of Rome against Humanity and the Human Spirit (2014)

by A.S.

Vatican Ratline: The Vatican, the Nazis, and the New World Order (BookSurge, 2007) Maxwell-Stuart, P G. Chronicle of the Popes: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Papacy from St Peter to the Present (London: Thames & Hudson, 1997) ...

Google previewSchirmer's Complete Rhyming Dictionary (2010)

by Paul Zollo

radian radiation radiocarbon radioman ragamuffin raglan raisin ramekin ramification ramsden ranchman randomization rapine rapscallion rarefaction ratification ration rationalization ratline raven reabandon reaccreditation reacquisition ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (1988)

by Nila Gott

rope _ RATLINE nautilus _ MOLLUSK, ARGONAUT Nautilus Captain _ NEMO Navajo hut _ HOGAN naval (pert to) clerk _ YEOMAN hero _ DALE, PERRY, DECATUR officer _ ENS, BOSUN Navarro of the silents _ RAMON navigation system ...

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Scrabble value of R1A1T1L1I1N1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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