snatch block

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noun Nautical.

a fairlead having the form of a block that can be opened to receive the bight of a rope at any point along its length.

Nearby words

  1. snarl-up,
  2. snarler,
  3. snarly,
  4. snash,
  5. snatch,
  6. snatch squad,
  7. snatcher,
  8. snatchy,
  9. snath,
  10. snathe

Origin of snatch block

First recorded in 1615–25

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British Dictionary definitions for snatch block

snatch block

noun

nautical a block that can be opened so that a rope can be inserted from the side, without threading it through from the end

Word Origin for snatch block

C17: so called because the rope can be inserted quickly: figuratively, the block snatches it. See snatch

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