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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An apparatus of pulley blocks and ropes or cables used for hauling and hoisting heavy objects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A system of two or more pulleys (the tackles) each enclosed by a housing (the block) with a rope or cable threaded between them, usually used to lift or pull heavy loads.
  • n. human male external genitalia

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pulley blocks with associated rope or cable

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