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block and tackle

noun

  1. the ropes or chains and blocks used in a hoisting tackle.


block and tackle

noun

  1. a hoisting device in which a rope or chain is passed around a pair of blocks containing one or more pulleys. The upper block is secured overhead and the lower block supports the load, the effort being applied to the free end of the rope or chain


block and tackle

/ blŏk /

  1. An arrangement of pulleys and ropes used to reduce the amount of force needed to move heavy loads. One pulley is attached to the load, and rope or chains connect this pulley to a fixed pulley. Each pulley may have multiple grooves or wheels for the rope to pass over numerous times. Pulling the rope or chain slowly draws the load-bearing pulley toward the fixed one with high mechanical advantage .


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Word History and Origins

Origin of block and tackle1

First recorded in 1830–40
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Example Sentences

For yet another day the block-and-tackle work on the scows, the horse-and-wagon labor with the goods, continued.

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