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.
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- 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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From a block and tackle overhead he cut off a length of quarter-inch rope and tied his friend to a stanchion, so that when the door was released, Bud would not be sucked out.
Joyful stopped his own forward motion by grabbing hold of a line stretched from a deck-mounted block and tackle to one of the sails, hanging on and gasping for air.
But he remembered a block and tackle in the tool-house, and ran and brought it.
The emperor happened at the time to have a bruise on the face, caused by a block and tackle swinging against him during a squall, while on deck, and on the strength of this temporary disfigurement, a story most painful to the emperor was circulated to the effect that his black eye was due to a blow from young Hahnke, who resented some indignity in connection with the practical jokes and rough horse-play so frequent on board the Hohenzollern during the emperor's annual holiday.
Brother supervised the arrangement of block and tackle to raise the Dish the two-hundred-fifty feet to the top of the building.