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1 A twisting hitch made in the bight of a rope to form two eyes, through which the hook of a tackle is passed for hoisting purposes.

2 The name given to a ruffle on the water indicating a breath of wind during a calm. Old sailors, on seeing a catspaw on the surface while becalmed, would frequently rub the ship's backstay (as though fondling a cat) and whistle to induce the wind to come to the ship.

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