from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A device such as a ring or block of wood with a hole in it through which rigging is passed to hold it in place or prevent it from snagging or chafing.
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- n. A device to guide a line, rope or cable around an object or out of the way, or to stop it from moving laterally
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- n. a pulley-block used to guide a rope forming part of a ship's rigging to avoid chafing
fair + lead (Wiktionary)