[fair-leed or fair-lee-der]
- 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.
Origin of fairlead
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Judson was watching the last hawser slipping through the fairlead.Soldiers Three, Part II.
- 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