from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a long block having two sheaves of different diameters in the same plane, not, as in the usual form, side by side, but one above the other.


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  • The little vessel had been beached by the stern, with a slack chain hooked to her sides at the water-line, and a long hawser rove through a rough fiddle-block of enormous size, and leading to a capstan set far above high-water mark and made fast by the bight of a chain to an anchor buried in the sand up to the heavy wooden stock.

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