from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical A flat hardwood disk with a grooved perimeter, pierced by three holes through which the lanyards are passed, used to fasten the shrouds.
  • n. Slang An expert shooter: a deadeye with the rifle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very accurate with shooting or throwing.
  • adj. About a stare: cold; unfriendly.
  • n. A wooden disk having holes through which the lanyard is passed, used for tightening shrouds.
  • n. A very accurate marksman.
  • n. A penchant for noticing a particular thing, or a person who has such a penchant.


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