gin block

[ jin ]
/ dʒɪn /
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noun Machinery.

a block having a large sheave in an open metal frame, used especially to support a cargo whip.

Origin of gin block

First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for gin block

  • “The gin-block missed his head by an inch,” went on the mate impressively.

    Chance|Joseph Conrad