jewel block


noun Nautical.

a block at the end of a yard or gaff for supporting a signal or ensign halyard.

Origin of jewel block

First recorded in 1760–70
Also called dasher block.
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Examples from the Web for dasher block

  • There it hung, like a jewel-block, and every sign of life was soon taken away.

    Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
  • I suppose Nelson will order him to our fore-yard-arm as a jewel-block.

    The Wing-and-Wing|J. Fenimore Cooper