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.
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.
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.
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.