Sailor Speak of the Week – Unbend

Definition

Verb

  • To unfasten, undo, or untie a cable, line, or sail.

Comments

In knotwork, a bend is a type of knot used to join two lengths of rope. Therefore, to unbend something is to untie it.

References

King, D., Hattendorf, J.B, & Estes, J.W. (1997). A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O’Brian’s Seafaring Tales (2nd Ed.). Owl Books.

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