noun, plural pul·leys.
Origin of pulley
Examples from the Web for pulley
So we had to have a pulley system where he was lowered on cables.Rob Reiner on the State of Romcoms, ‘The Princess Bride’s’ Alternate Ending, and the Red Viper|Marlow Stern|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bullock died while attempting to fix one of the presses in 1867: After it became stuck, he tried to kick a belt onto a pulley.
A purchase is obtained by throwing a pulley and rope over a nearby jack-pine, and the boat is pulled out bodily from the water.The New North|Agnes Deans Cameron
They washed in a copper bucket that hung beside a pulley well.The Lee Shore|Rose Macaulay
Formerly a bucket was lowered by means of a pulley to bring up the rainwater that had been gathered from the roof of the house.The Three Eyes|Maurice Leblanc
The resulting friction of the rope on the pulley increases the load.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
The pulley is provided with a friction clutch operated by the treadle, shown.Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II|Joshua Rose
British Dictionary definitions for pulley
Word Origin for pulley
Word Origin and History for pulley
late 13c., from Old French polie, pulie "pulley, windlass" (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin poliva, puliva, probably from Medieval Greek *polidia, plural of *polidion "little pivot," diminutive of Greek polos "pivot, axis" (see pole (n.2)). As a verb from 1590s.