Definition of heaving line in English:

heaving line


  • A lightweight line with a weight at the end, made to be thrown between a ship and the shore, or from one ship to another, and used to pull a heavier line across.

    • ‘After grasping the eyes of the mooring lines, Paparo untied the heaving line and let it loose.’
    • ‘Please have at least two heaving lines of sufficient length to reach the tug, available forward and aft.’
    • ‘The Monkey's Fist is a heaving line knot and is used to pass lines to shore or vessel to vessel.’
    • ‘Men were already swinging along heaving lines, hanging from their hands.’
    • ‘The storage bucket for heaving lines can accommodate at least 4 heaving lines of 110 metres length.’