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1 The action of bringing a ship to a sudden stop by letting go an anchor while having too much way on.

2 The action of a ship when it is inclined to pitch while at anchor making the anchor cable tauten to such an extent that it holds the bows down at the top of the pitch. It is apt to occur when there is insufficient scope to the cable, and is easily corrected by veering some more.

3 A hawser is also said to be snubbed when it is checked suddenly while running out by taking a quick turn round a pair of bollards.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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