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preventer

[pri-ven-ter]
noun
  1. a person or thing that prevents.
  2. Nautical.
    1. any of various lines set up to reinforce or relieve ordinary running or standing rigging.
    2. a line for preventing a sail from jibbing.
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Origin of preventer

First recorded in 1580–90; prevent + -er1
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Examples from the Web for preventer

Historical Examples

  • A ship hove-to with preventer tackles on the rudder-head is unmanageable.

    The Mutiny of the Elsinore

    Jack London

  • Preventer—A rope used to prevent the straining or breaking of a spar or sail.

    On Yacht Sailing

    Thomas Fleming Day

  • Preventer stays: Additional ropes set up taut to prevent spars carrying away when a vessel is under a press of canvas.

  • The only safeguard lies in rigging a preventer stay that will set up with a tackle, the fall leading inboard.

  • It was formerly a custom to fit two bobstays, a regular one and a smaller one, called a preventer.


British Dictionary definitions for preventer

preventer

noun
  1. a person or thing that prevents
  2. nautical a rope or other piece of gear rigged to prevent a sail from gybing
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