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fairlead

[ fair-leed ]
/ ˈfɛərˌlid /
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noun

a pulley, thimble, etc., used to guide a rope forming part of the rigging of a ship, crane, etc., in such a way as to prevent chafing.
Machinery. (on power shovels or cranes) a swiveling mounting for sheaves, over which cables pass.

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Origin of fairlead

First recorded in 1855–60; fair1 + lead1
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British Dictionary definitions for fairlead

fairlead

fairleader

/ (ˈfɛəˌliːd) /

noun

nautical a block or ring through which a line is rove to keep it clear of obstructions, prevent chafing, or maintain it at an angleAlso called: leader
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