from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or operation of allowing a cord, cable, or rope to be pulled or drawn out; specifically, the operation of passing or running out a submarine cable from a ship which is laying it.


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  • I am naturally in good spirits, but keep very quiet, for misfortunes may arise at any instant; moreover tomorrow my paying-out apparatus will be wanted should all go well, and that will be another nervous operation.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • There was a grooved pulley used for the paying-out machinery with a spindle wheel, which might suit me.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • I have made my calculations and find the new paying-out gear cannot possibly answer at this depth, some portion would give way.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • "Wish I'd a wench like _that_ every day," says the little auctioneer, at paying-out time -- you never saw such a heap of gold coin on one dirty deal table.

    Flash For Freedom

  • I suggested that he send for a canvas screen to put across the gap between the two buildings, as when the crowds began to stream towards the bar and the paying-out Tote windows after the race, someone would be certain to see him.

    Dead Cert

  • The man in charge touches a small handle, and an electric bell rings violently in the tank and at the paying-out machinery.

    St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878

  • If my leg is caught in the bight of a paying-out hawser, my whole brain focuses at once on that single thought, "_an axe."

    The Opium Habit

  • The sharp, whizzing sound, caused by the rapid paying-out of the line and its great tension, gradually subsided.

    The Von Toodleburgs Or, The History of a Very Distinguished Family

  • If the trouble is not in the tanks, the paying-out machinery must be metamorphosed into a picking-up apparatus, and the cable already laid will be coiled back into the hold until the fault appears, when it will be cut out and the two ends of cable spliced.

    A Woman's Journey through the Philippines On a Cable Ship that Linked Together the Strange Lands Seen En Route

  • The Mazarini mob used to use it for a paying-out place last year; did you know that?

    Traitor's Purse


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