The Collaborative International Dictionary
Keckle \Kec"kle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Keckled; p. pr. & vb. n.
To wind old rope around, as a cable, to preserve its surface
from being fretted, or to wind iron chains around, to defend
from the friction of a rocky bottom, or from the ice.
Keckling \Kec"kling\, n. Old rope or iron chains wound around a cable. See Keckle, v. t.
n. Old rope or iron chains wound around a cable.
Usage examples of "keckling".
Each Spaniard would have to sit astride the cable for a moment and grasp the edge of the port before coming through because it was only just a little wider than his shoulders, partly blocked by the cable itself and the rope keckling wrapped round it to prevent chafe.