belaying pin

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

Origin of belaying pin

First recorded in 1830–40

Words Nearby belaying pin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use belaying pin in a sentence

  • "They might tie a belaying-pin to the end of a line, and throw it into the boat," said the captain.

    Left on Labrador | Charles Asbury Stephens
  • A moment Briggs stood drunkenly peering, half minded to pursue, to match his belaying-pin against the mates dirk.

    Cursed | George Allan England
  • I struck with a belaying pin in preference, because I hoped that I might subdue him without killing him.

  • Had I not closed with him, he would have dashed my brains out with a belaying-pin.

    In Strange Company | Guy Boothby
  • One of the men loosened a belaying-pin and advanced threateningly.

British Dictionary definitions for belaying pin

belaying pin

  1. 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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