\swˈɪftə], \swˈɪftə], \s_w_ˈɪ_f_t_ə]\
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By Oddity Software
A rope used to confine the bars of the capstan in their sockets while men are turning it: also, a rope used to encircle a boat longitudinally to strengthen and defend her sides in collision. Swifters also are two shrouds fixed on the starboard and larboard sides of the lower masts, above all the other shrouds, to give the masts additional security.
By Daniel Lyons
By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H.