[syn: lanyard, laniard]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lanyard \Lan"yard\, n. [F. lani[`e]re thong, strap, OF.
lasniere, fr. lasne strap, thong, L. lacinia lappet. flap,
edge of a garment. Cf. Lanier.] [Written also laniard.]
1. (Naut.) A short piece of rope or line for fastening
something in ships; as, the lanyards of the gun ports, of
the buoy, and the like; esp., pieces passing through the
dead-eyes, and used to extend shrouds, stays, etc.
2. (Mil.) A strong cord, about twelve feet long, with an iron
hook at one end a handle at the other, used in firing
cannon with a friction tube.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a cord with an attached hook that is used to fire certain
types of cannon [syn: lanyard, laniard]
2: a cord worn around the neck to hold a knife or whistle [syn:
3: (nautical) a line used for extending or fastening rigging on
ships [syn: lanyard, laniard]