from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A device for compressing corn when standing in shocks for convenience in handling and as a protection against loss or injury by storms. It consists of a short rope drawn through a locking-block which has a supporting hook, and a twine-holder. In use, the block is hooked into the shock, and the rope and twine are carried around it, the rope being drawn tight and locked to compress it, when the twine may be tied and the compressor released.
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