[ded-man, -muh n]
- Building Trades. a log, concrete block, etc., buried in the ground as an anchor.
- a crutchlike prop temporarily supporting a pole or mast being erected.
- an object fixed on shore to hold a mooring line temporarily.
- a rope for hauling the boom of a derrick inboard after discharge of a load of cargo.
- Also dead-man's. Machinery, Automotive. of or relating to a control or switch on a powered machine or vehicle that disengages a blade or clutch, applies the brake, shuts off the engine, etc., when the driver or operator ceases to press a pedal, squeeze a throttle, etc.: deadman throttle; dead-man's control.
Origin of deadman
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Examples from the Web for deadman
Yes, but the dark Justice League—with Swamp Thing, Etrigan, Constantine, Deadman, and others.Guillermo Del Toro on ‘Cabinet of Curiosities,’ Collaborating with Kanye West, and More
November 8, 2013
The dead are the defence of the living, and we are under the lee of Deadman's Berg.Adrift in the Ice-Fields
Charles W. Hall
The miners on Deadman's Flat were jubilant, not to say uproarious.Grif
B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
Deadman's Reach is as perilous for its reefs as for its mussels.Alaska
A small wood close by rejoices in the name of "Deadman's Acre."A Cotswold Village
J. Arthur Gibbs
It came from the vast concave of Deadman's Bay, rising and falling against the pebble dyke.The Well-Beloved
- civil engineering a heavy plate, wall, or block buried in the ground that acts as an anchor for a retaining wall, sheet pile, etc, by a tie connecting the two
- mountaineering a metal plate with a wire loop attached for thrusting into firm snow to serve as a belay point, a smaller version being known as a deadboy
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