A general term applied to cordage used on vessels, consisting of strands of fibre or synthetic plastics, twisted together to give longitudinal strength.
Note 1 :
In Great Britain, when the circumference of cordage exceeds one inch (25 mm), the preferred term is rope.
Note 2 :
In Germany, the term Trosse is used when the diameter of the cordage exceeds 30 mm.
Note 3 :
In the USA, the term rope is used for fibre cordage only when it is still on the reel.
Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)
United States of America
International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM