from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the spars of a sheers, or a single spar stayed by guys, and serving as a substitute for sheers of the usual form.
- n. Nautical, an iron rod placed horizontally along the shrouds on the outside, just above the deadeyes, and seized firmly to each shroud to prevent its turning. Also sheer-batten.
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And up them I sprung, the captain cutting at my legs as I left the sheer-pole, and I stopped not until I reached the schooner's cross-trees, where I drew my cutlass.
I descended as low down as the sheer-pole, breathlessly watching.
"What are you doing in the top so long?" demanded Foster, the first master, as the truants reached the sheer-pole.