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Meaning of ratline

rat•line

Pronunciation: (rat'lin), [key]
— n. Naut.
  1. any of the small ropes or lines that traverse the shrouds horizontally and serve as steps for going aloft.
  2. three-stranded, right-laid, tarred hemp stuff of from 6 to 24 threads, used for ratlines, lashings, etc.
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