Belaying pin
Belaying pin Be*lay"ing pin` (b[-e]*l[=a]"[i^]ng p[i^]n`). (Naut.) A strong pin in the side of a vessel, or by the mast, round which ropes are wound when they are fastened or belayed. [1913 Webster] ||

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  • belaying pin — n. a removable wooden or metal pin in the rail of a ship, around which ropes can be fastened …   English World dictionary

  • Belaying pin — A belaying pin is a device used on traditional sailing vessels to secure lines. Their function on modern vessels has been replaced by cleats, but they are still used, particularly on square rigged ships.A belaying pin is a solid metal bar with a… …   Wikipedia

  • belaying pin — belay′ing pin n. naut. navig. a bar inserted in a ship s rail for belaying a rope …   From formal English to slang

  • belaying pin — /bəˈleɪɪŋ pɪn/ (say buh laying pin) noun Nautical a pin for use in securing the ends of ropes …   Australian English dictionary

  • belaying pin — Naut. a short, round bar of metal or wood, inserted in a fife rail or pin rail, to which a rope is belayed. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • belaying pin — noun a fixed pin used on board ship and in rock climbing to secure a rope fastened around it …   English new terms dictionary

  • belaying pin — noun Any of the short lengths of wood, iron or brass set up in convenient places on a ship to secure running rigging …   Wiktionary

  • belaying pin — noun a wood or metal bar to which a rope can be secured (as on a ship or in mountain climbing) • Topics: ↑ship • Hypernyms: ↑bar …   Useful english dictionary

  • pin — /pin/, n., v., pinned, pinning. n. 1. a small, slender, often pointed piece of wood, metal, etc., used to fasten, support, or attach things. 2. a short, slender piece of wire with a point at one end and a head at the other, for fastening things… …   Universalium

  • pin — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English pinn (akin to Old High German pfinn peg), perhaps from Latin pinna quill, feather more at pen Date: before 12th century 1. a. a piece of solid material (as wood or metal) used especially for… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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