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TABLING to TAIL

TAIL-BLOCK to TENDING

TENON to TIDE

TIER to TOGGEL

TOMPION to TOPPING

TOPPING-LIFT to TRACT-SCOUT

TRACTING to TREE-NAILS

TRESTLE-TREES to TRIP

TRIPPING to TRYING
TRIPPING
TROUGH
TROWSERS
TRUCK
Speaking-TRUMPET
Fire-TRUNK
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TRUSS
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TUCK to TYE


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TRUCK

TRUCK, a piece of wood, which is either conical, cylindrical, spherical, or spheroidical.

Thus the trucks fixed on the spindle of a mast-head, and which are otherwise called acorns, are in the form of a cone: and those which are employed as wheels to the gun-carriages are cylinders. The trucks of the parrels assume the figure of a globe; and, lastly, those of the flag-staffs resemble an oblate spheroid. See the articles ACORN, CANNON, PARREL, and FLAG-STAFF.

Trucks of the shrouds are nearly similar to those of the parrels: they are fastened to the shrouds about twelve or fourteen feet above the deck, the hole in the middle being placed perpendicularly to contain some rope which passes through it. The intention of these is to guide the sailors to the particular rope, which might otherwise be easily mistaken for some other of the same size, especially in the night.


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