from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of the two posts that support the windlass on a ship's deck.
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- n. either of a pair of strong posts that support a windlass on a ship's deck
Probably from obsolete carrick, variant of carrack.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)