Definition of houseline in English:

houseline

(also houslin)

noun

Nautical
  • A light line or rope of three strands, used for lashing, seizings, etc.; also called housing.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in The Boston News-letter. From German regional (Low German) hüsling, hüselīn, probably alteration of hüsing, of unknown origin. The some forms show alteration by folk-etymological association with line; compare earlier marline, ratline. Compare North Frisian hüsing, hüsling (both 1837 or earlier), Swedish hyssing, † hysing (both 1541; also (now regional) hussing, (now rare) hysling, Danish hyssing, † hysing, Dutch huizing, all ultimately from Middle Low German. Compare also (with metanalysis) French lusin.

Pronunciation

houseline

/ˈhaʊzlɪn/