[ fair-leed ]

  1. 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.

  2. Machinery. (on power shovels or cranes) a swiveling mounting for sheaves, over which cables pass.

Origin of fairlead

First recorded in 1855–60; fair1 + lead1
  • Also fair·lead·er [fair-lee-der] /ˈfɛərˌli dər/ .

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British Dictionary definitions for fairlead



/ (ˈfɛəˌliːd) /

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

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