from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tackle in which a chain is used in place of a rope; a chain-hoist: a small hoisting-device much used in shops for raising heavy pieces by manual labor. It is usually a differential-geared tackle.


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  • Instead of being fitted with chain-tackle, the watch of this superior person maintained its connection with the open air by means of a broad watered ribbon plummeted straight down his leg with a seal hardly inferior in size to a deep-sea lead.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861

  • It was hot and, for the most part, strangely quiet in the bottom of the valley since the hammers had stopped, but now and then an order was followed by a tramp of feet and the rattle of chain-tackle.

    Brandon of the Engineers

  • They were forced to use such material as they could find, and the gang of peons who handled the chain-tackle made a poor substitute for a steam engine.

    Brandon of the Engineers

  • A chain-tackle was suspended over a pulley from the cross-beam connecting the tops of the kingposts of the bridge, which was worked by a winch-machine with wheel, pinion, and barrel, round which last the chain was wound.

    Records of a Family of Engineers


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