[ ded-man, -muhn ]
/ ˈdɛdˌmæn, -mən /
noun, plural dead·men [ded-men, -muhn]. /ˈdɛdˌmɛn, -mən/.
Building Trades. a log, concrete block, etc., buried in the ground as an anchor.
a crutchlike prop temporarily supporting a pole or mast being erected.
- an object fixed on shore to hold a mooring line temporarily.
- a rope for hauling the boom of a derrick inboard after discharge of a load of cargo.
Also dead-man's. Machinery, Automotive. of or relating to a control or switch on a powered machine or vehicle that disengages a blade or clutch, applies the brake, shuts off the engine, etc., when the driver or operator ceases to press a pedal, squeeze a throttle, etc.: deadman throttle; dead-man's control.
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British Dictionary definitions for deadman
/ (ˈdɛdˌmæn) /
noun plural -men
civil engineering a heavy plate, wall, or block buried in the ground that acts as an anchor for a retaining wall, sheet pile, etc, by a tie connecting the two
mountaineering a metal plate with a wire loop attached for thrusting into firm snow to serve as a belay point, a smaller version being known as a deadboy
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Idioms and Phrases with deadman
see dead soldier.
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