from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The supporting block or end-piece for that end of the work which is farthest from the head-end or driving-mechanism, as in a lathe, or the carriage for logs, in a saw-mill.
  • n. Nautical, a single block having a short piece of rope attached to it by which it may be fastened to any object at pleasure. See cut under block, 11.


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  • He had the tail-block slung round his neck, and the end of the gantline over his shoulder.

    The Ghost Pirates: Chapter 4

  • Then, at Rogers 'command, one of the mutineers separated himself from the main body, and in the course of a minute or two was seen leisurely ascending the fore-rigging with a tail-block in one hand and the end of a coil of light line in the other.

    The Voyage of the Aurora

  • Most important cautions these, for if the tail-block be fastened too low on the wreck, the ropes will dip in the water, and perhaps foul the rocks.

    Battles with the Sea

  • They fasten the end of the hawser, as directed, about two feet _above_ the place where the tail-block is fixed to the stump of the mast.

    Battles with the Sea

  • He sent the topman down into the top for a tail-block and the studding-sail haulyards, made a whip, and lowered me on deck.

    Peter Simple; and, The Three Cutters, Vol. 1-2

  • "Make this hawser fast about two feet above the tail-block.

    Battles with the Sea


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