- a kind of tackle for raising or lowering a cask or similar object along an inclined plane or a vertical surface, consisting of a rope looped over a post or the like, with its two ends passing around the object to be moved.
- a kind of double sling made with a rope, as around a cask to be raised or lowered.
- to raise, lower, or move with a parbuckle.
Origin of parbuckle
First recorded in 1620–30; earlier parbunkel, of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for parbuckle
Techniques used to “parbuckle” or pull the giant ship upright last September have set the standard in maritime salvage.Two Years On, Costa Concordia Remains the Wreck Italy Can’t Forget
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 13, 2014
“We must pass straps round this, and parbuckle him up,” he observed.Adrift in a Boat
There was a hearty assent, as Syd said to himself, “What does he mean by ‘parbuckle’?”Syd Belton
George Manville Fenn
Mr. Parbuckle, he ordered me to pacify 'em, an' I was a-doin' the best I could.Woven with the Ship
Cyrus Townsend Brady
A light yarding or a land clearing donkey furnishes the power to parbuckle the logs into the water.Motor Truck Logging Methods
Frederick Malcolm Knapp
- a rope sling for lifting or lowering a heavy cylindrical object, such as a cask or tree trunk
- (tr) to raise or lower (an object) with such a sling
C17 parbunkel: of uncertain origin
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