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.

    Richard Carvel

  • I descended as low down as the sheer-pole, breathlessly watching.

    The Honour of the Flag

  • "What are you doing in the top so long?" demanded Foster, the first master, as the truants reached the sheer-pole.

    Outward Bound Or, Young America Afloat


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