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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How to use deadman in a sentence
Yes, but the dark Justice League—with Swamp Thing, Etrigan, Constantine, deadman, and others.Guillermo Del Toro on ‘Cabinet of Curiosities,’ Collaborating with Kanye West, and More | Marlow Stern | November 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It came from the vast concave of deadman's Bay, rising and falling against the pebble dyke.The Well-Beloved | Thomas Hardy
At the very commencement of the gold-rush a hole had been sunk in deadman's Flat, and soon afterwards deserted.
The miners in the locality would cluster round the hole, which they prophesied would be the richest on deadman's Flat.
The miners on deadman's Flat were jubilant, not to say uproarious.
And deadman Draw, in between, bears due west and heap down, short and sweet.Stepsons of Light | Eugene Manlove Rhodes
British Dictionary definitions for deadman
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with deadman
see dead soldier.
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