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1 A rope or wire with each end secured between fixed points, which is used for hooking on the standing block of a tackle where no other convenient point is available.

2 The distance between the port and starboard bottlescrews, or the deadeyes of the chain-plates, measured over the masthead of a sailing vessel, is also known as the span of the rigging.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.


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