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 (fâr′lēd′) also fair·lead·er (-lē′dər)
n. Nautical
A device such as a ring or block of wood with a hole in it through which rigging is passed to hold it in place or prevent it from snagging or chafing.
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(ˈfɛəˌliːd) or


(Nautical Terms) nautical a block or ring through which a line is rove to keep it clear of obstructions, prevent chafing, or maintain it at an angle. Also called: leader
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also fair′lead`er,

a pulley, thimble, or the like that guides a rope forming part of the rigging of a ship or crane in such a way as to prevent chafing.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fairlead - a pulley-block used to guide a rope forming part of a ship's rigging to avoid chafing
pulley, pulley block, pulley-block, block - a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope
snatch block - a pulley-block that can be opened to receive the bight of a rope
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