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[mass noun] Braided cordage in flat, round, or square form, made from three to nine cords.
- ‘Gaskets made of French sennit are only used for topgallant and royal yards.’
- ‘By using the hot knife, you can cut the sennit on a angle that will fit into corners like a picture frame.’
- ‘Sometimes cracked wooden bowls were repaired with sennit, and it was used to lash together the parts for knee drums or to attach shark teeth to weapons.’
- ‘Divide the cords of each group into 2 groups of 4 cords and tie 4 inches of Half knot sennit, each turn the opposite way.’
- ‘Hull planks of the ship were then lashed with sennit.’
Early 17th century: of unknown origin.
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