fairlead


fairlead

noun

  1. a pulley, thimble, etc., used to guide a rope forming part of the rigging of a ship, crane, etc., in such a way as to prevent chafing.
  2. Machinery. (on power shovels or cranes) a swiveling mounting for sheaves, over which cables pass.

noun

  1. nautical a block or ring through which a line is rove to keep it clear of obstructions, prevent chafing, or maintain it at an angleAlso called: leader

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