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1 A length of rope, wire, or chain secured at both ends to a spar or other object, to the bight of which a purchase can be hooked. The purpose is to provide a better balance in an unhandy object for lifting purposes.

2 The upper end of fixed moorings laid in harbours and anchorages. When a ship lies to moorings, it is secured to the bridle, or to the buoy at the end of the bridle.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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