yardarm

[ UK /jˈɑːdɑːm/ ]
NOUN
  1. either end of the yard of a square-rigged ship
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How To Use yardarm In A Sentence

  • Traditionally, mastheads and yardarms of RN ships were decorated with bunches of greenery, a task carried out by the boatswain's party in the dark hours of the night on December 24.
  • A mariner's diary of 1675 refers to the ducking from the yardarm of men entering the Straits for the first time, or being required to pay one dollar in lieu - and ducking remains an integral part of the modern ceremony in the Royal Navy.
  • She grinned and flicked her eyebrow, letting her eyes follow his progress up the rigging and to the top yardarm, were he settled into the tarpaulin for his watch.
  • Together they swam it to the ship, and Jeremy lowered a rope from the yardarm hoist. THE MYSTERY OF THE PURPLE PIRATE
  • Obviously, if the United States Navy hanged some eyepatched peglegged blackguard from the yardarm or made him walk the plank, pious senators would rise to denounce an America that no longer lived up to its highest ideals, and the network talking-heads would argue that Plankgate was recruiting more and more young men to the pirates 'cause, and judges would rule that pirates were entitled to the protections of the U.S. constitution and that their peglegs had to be replaced by high-tech prosthetic limbs at taxpayer expense. CRUSADER RABBIT
  • Also the backyard at midnight: shirts flying, frozen in the sleet, gray trees, the mast's prayer, crossbows loaded, yardarms humming in the darkness that empties shapes.
  • Traditionally, mastheads and yardarms of RN ships were decorated with bunches of greenery, a task carried out by the boatswain's party in the dark hours of the night on December 24.
  • The captain of the brig listened attentively and when the words ended ordered the poor devil to be strung up on the yardarm according to British naval regulations concerning privateers.
  • Avast, ye scurvy dogs, Kerry will swing from the highest yardarm!
  • In the meantime she lay dead, her lee yardarms almost touching the sea, the sea creaming solidly to her hatch-combings across the buried, unseen rail. CHAPTER XXIX
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