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

  • n. Nautical A light tackle having double or single blocks, used to hoist or tighten rigging.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An arrangement of blocks and pulleys, especially for tightening rigging on a ship.
  • n. Storage of cargo athwartships.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A peculiar tackle, formed of two or more blocks, or pulleys, the weight being suspended to a hook block in the bight of the running part.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a tackle used for various purposes.

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

  • n. English explorer who with John Speke was the first European to explore Lake Tanganyika (1821-1890)
  • n. a strong dark English ale
  • n. Welsh film actor who often co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor (1925-1984)


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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