[ ches-tree ]

  1. (in the 17th and 18th centuries) a wooden fastening with one or more sheaves, attached to the topside of a sailing vessel, through which the windward tack of a course was rove.

Origin of chesstree

1620–30; perhaps by folk etymology <French châssis frame; see chassis

Words Nearby chesstree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chesstree in a sentence

  • Sea after sea struck her on the chesstree or the beam, pouring over her decks and adding to the accumulation of water in her hold.

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