Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BAUK,3 BAAK, BACK, BAK, n. A rope, esp. the head rope in fishing lines and nets. [bɑ(:)k]
Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.;
Baak, . . . the principal rope to which nets or fishing-lines are attached. Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Bak, piece of a long-line of a certain length, a line-b[ak], de b[ak] o' de line. Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
Baak, the bolt-rope of a herring-net. Ork. 1929 Marw.:
Back, . . . a rope from which nets are hung — also called back-rope — the “headline of fishing net.” . . . the main line of a fishing “long-line” — from which the hooks are suspended by short snoods. Mry. 1894 J. Slater Seaside Idylls (1898) 44–45:
I've been thinkin' tae hing mine wi' shorter headbaaks this year. Mry. 1927 1 :
Bauk, baak, a thick fishing line, the rope holding the bottom of the herring nets.
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