belaying pin


noun Nautical.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for belaying pin

Historical Examples of belaying pin

  • "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 few turns of the cables around the belaying-pin, and all stood fast.

  • Then the cables were held taut, and securely fastened to the belaying-pin.

  • But upon the first attempt to raise his voice, brain him with the belaying-pin.

    A Middy in Command

    Harry Collingwood

  • Why do you carry the belaying-pin aft to the wheel with you, if you are not scared?

    The Flying Bo'sun

    Arthur Mason

British Dictionary definitions for belaying pin

belaying pin


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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