from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A short, removable wooden or metal pin fitted in a hole in the rail of a boat and used for securing running gear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the short lengths of wood, iron or brass set up in convenient places on a ship to secure running rigging.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A strong pin in the side of a vessel, or by the mast, round which ropes are wound when they are fastened or belayed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. a wooden or iron pin to which running rigging may be belayed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wood or metal bar to which a rope can be secured (as on a ship or in mountain climbing)
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By accident, a belaying pin had stabbed through the fleshy part of his hand.