Definitions of oakum

  1. loose hemp or jute fiber obtained by unravelling old ropes; when impregnated with tar it was used to caulk seams and pack joints in wooden ships
  2. Loose hemp- fiber obtained by untwisting old ropes: used for stopping leaks in boats, etc.
  3. Old ropes untwisted and teased into loose hemp for calking the seams of ships.
  4. Old ropes pulled to pieces, used for calking ships' seams.
  5. Hempfiber obtained by untwisting old rope; used in calking.
  6. The substance of old ropes untwisted and pulled into loose hemp, used for caulking the seams of ships, stopping leaks, & c.
  7. Old rope pulled into loose yarn for calking ships.
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