parbuckle(redirected from parbuckles)
1. A rope sling for rolling cylindrical objects up or down an inclined plane.
2. A sling for raising or lowering an object vertically.
tr.v. par·buck·led, par·buck·ling, par·buck·les
To raise or lower with such a sling.
[Alteration (influenced by buckle) of Early Modern English parbunkel, probably a borrowing from a language of the North Sea region : par-, akin to Dutch paar and Danish and Norwegian par, pair (in reference to the paired loops of rope used to parbuckle barrels up an incline; ultimately from Latin pār, pair; see pair) + bunkel, perhaps meaning "loop" (of unknown origin).]
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(Mechanical Engineering) a rope sling for lifting or lowering a heavy cylindrical object, such as a cask or tree trunk
(Mechanical Engineering) (tr) to raise or lower (an object) with such a sling
[C17 parbunkel: of uncertain origin]
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n., v. -led, -ling. n.
1. a tackle for raising or lowering a cask or similar object along an inclined plane or vertical surface.
2. a double sling made with a rope, as around a cask to be raised or lowered.v.t.
3. to move with a parbuckle.
[1620–30; earlier parbunkel, of uncertain orig.]
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Past participle: parbuckled
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