[ded-man, -muh n]
noun, plural dead·men [ded-men, -muh n] /ˈdɛdˌmɛn, -mən/.
  1. Building Trades. a log, concrete block, etc., buried in the ground as an anchor.
  2. a crutchlike prop temporarily supporting a pole or mast being erected.
  3. Nautical.
    1. an object fixed on shore to hold a mooring line temporarily.
    2. a rope for hauling the boom of a derrick inboard after discharge of a load of cargo.
  1. 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.

Origin of deadman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of deadman

  • The dead are the defence of the living, and we are under the lee of Deadman's Berg.

  • The miners on Deadman's Flat were jubilant, not to say uproarious.


    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • Deadman's Reach is as perilous for its reefs as for its mussels.


    Ella Higginson

  • A small wood close by rejoices in the name of "Deadman's Acre."

    A Cotswold Village

    J. Arthur Gibbs

  • It came from the vast concave of Deadman's Bay, rising and falling against the pebble dyke.

    The Well-Beloved

    Thomas Hardy

British Dictionary definitions for deadman


noun plural -men
  1. 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
  2. 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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