from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of angle-iron having two flanges, both placed on the same side of the web.
- n. A hook to support a gutter.
- n. In a vehicle, the concave metal tire of a wheel which is used with rubber tires.
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When we were macadamizing the yards around the Elephant House, with a throng of workmen all about every day, a robin made its nest on the heavy channel-iron frame of one of the large elephant gates that swung to and fro nearly every day.
I rapidly took a turn with the painter round the foremost channel-iron, and in another moment stood alongside my superior officer in the schooner's main-chains.
As she dropped alongside, in the wake of the fore chains, all hands crowded to the rail to look down into her; while one smart fellow, with a rope's-end in his hand, was already over the side, clinging to a channel-iron, with one foot upon its bolt-head, ready to drop into her and make fast.