from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pulley over which a rope runs. See block and tackle.


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  • This is a variation of the figure-eight knot, already described, and is used where there is too much rope, or where a simple knot is desired to prevent the rope running through an eye, ring, or tackle-block.

    Knots, Splices and Rope Work A Practical Treatise

  • Taking a small boat-mast, the boatswain rapidly lashed the ends of the temporary hammock fast to the spar, and then ropes were carried and secured to the tackle-block in a way that, when all was ready, there was no difficulty in hauling the spar horizontally up, with the temporary hammock and its burden swinging from the spar like a palanquin.

    Syd Belton The Boy who would not go to Sea

  • Turk's-head clew, and black as a tarred tackle-block, could be nothing else than the woolly pate of Snowball, the sea-cook!

    The Ocean Waifs A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea


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