Swift"er (?), n. [Cf. Swivel.] Naut. (a)

A rope used to retain the bars of the capstan in their sockets while men are turning it.

(b)

A rope used to encircle a boat longitudinally, to strengthen and defend her sides.

(c)

The forward shroud of a lower mast.

 

© Webster 1913.


Swift"er, v. t. Naut.

To tighten, as slack standing rigging, by bringing the opposite shrouds nearer.

 

© Webster 1913.

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