\swˈɪftə], \swˈɪftə], \s_w_ˈɪ_f_t_ə]\
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A rope used to retain the bars of the capstan in their sockets while men are turning it.
The forward shroud of a lower mast.
To tighten, as slack standing rigging, by bringing the opposite shrouds nearer.
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
Among seamen, a rope used to confine the bars of the capstan in their sockets; a rope used to defend from external injury the sides of a boat-applied to certain shrouds not confined with the others.
By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H.
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