from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A block for guiding a rope or purchase, or holding it in a given position without impeding its motion.


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  • Suddenly he stopped short, and pointing with it to a big iron-strapped leading-block, he said, "Now that is what I call a sensible block; I wonder why it is we cannot get blocks like that in our ships."

    From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life

  • If any keen-eyed critic of the ocean, however, should happen to detect a rope rove through the wrong leading-block, or a term spelt in such a manner as to destroy its true sound, he is admonished of the duty of ascribing the circumstances, in charity, to any thing but ignorance on the part of a brother.

    The Red Rover


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