from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In locomotives, a hook fixing the driving-wheel spring to the frame.
  • n. A latch or door-hook having a spring-catch for keeping it fast in the staple.
  • n. A fish-hook set like a spring-trap, with a supplementary hook, which, on being released, fixes itself in the fish; a snap-hook. Also called spear-hook.


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