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jewel block

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noun Nautical.

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

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Nearby words

jew's-ear, jew's-harp, jew-baiting, jew., jewel, jewel block, jewel box, jewel case, jeweled, jeweler, jeweler's saw frame

Origin of jewel block

First recorded in 1760–70
Also called dasher block.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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