belaying pin

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noun Nautical.

a short, round bar of metal or wood, inserted in a fife rail or pin rail, to which a rope is belayed.

Nearby words

  1. belaud,
  2. belay,
  3. belaya,
  4. belaya tserkov,
  5. belaying cleat,
  6. belaúnde,
  7. belaúnde terry, fernando,
  8. belch,
  9. beld,
  10. beldam

Origin of belaying pin

First recorded in 1830–40

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British Dictionary definitions for belaying pin

belaying pin

noun

nautical a cylindrical, sometimes tapered pin, usually of metal or wood, that fits into a hole in a pin or fife rail: used for belaying
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