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.

Origin of belaying pin

First recorded in 1830–40
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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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