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Definition of Swifter

Swifter

  1. A rope used to retain the bars of the capstan in their sockets while men are turning it.
  2. A rope used to encircle a boat longitudinally, to strengthen and defend her sides.
  3. The forward shroud of a lower mast.
  4. To tighten, as slack standing rigging, by bringing the opposite shrouds nearer.
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