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