from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical: A piece of wood or iron over the windlass, to trice the chain up to when the windlass is to be used for any purpose.
  • n. A spar across boat-davits, to which the boat is secured at sea.


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  • I was hoping that you weren't standing there as the good looking, you know, strong-back reporter.

    CNN Transcript Jun 20, 2008

  • And so we came in and built some guard towers around it, put some lighting posts, built some strong-back tents, which are tents that don't have as many ropes and stuff associated with them, to actually house the detainees inside of them.

    CNN Transcript Dec 27, 2001

  • He undid the strong-back clamp on the square, heavy steel hatch in a corner of the electronics room and, with an assist from me -- the hatch must have weighed about 150 pounds -- swung it up and back until the hatch clicked home on its standing latch.

    Ice Station Zebra

  • Among other things the great timber, called the "strong-back," was broken.

    The Mutiny of the Elsinore

  • Recalling the loss of manufacturing and other "strong-back" jobs since he grew up around the stockyards in South St. Paul, Pawlenty spoke passionately about pro-business policies he says will encourage job creation. rss feed


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