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leading block

[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
noun, Nautical.
Origin of leading block
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In a large vessel, the leading block for tow rope can be fixed to the end of the quarter-boat's davits.

  • The leading block ship had been timed to pass the lighthouse twenty-five minutes after the Vindictive came alongside.

  • The leading block on the yard may be fitted with a lizard, if thought necessary.

  • A leading block for the tow rope is placed on the deck by span or bolt a few feet in front of the brake.

  • The Cat was in the coil of rope, and in whizzing through the leading block the rope cut off its tail.

    The Book of Cats Charles H. Ross

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