from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, an iron rod, with a handling-eye at one end and a hook at the other, for hauling the chain cables about.
  • n. 2. A hook which grips a link of a chain cable and serves as a cable-stopper.
  • n. In surgery, a light chain with hooks attached, used for retracting the parts in dissecting.


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  • They had learned wisdom by that time, and contented themselves by fishing for me with a chain-hook tied to a broom-handle, I believe.

    Youth And Two Other Stories


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