noun Date: 1748 1. a rounded wood block encircled by a rope or an iron band and having holes to receive the lanyard that is used especially to set up shrouds and stays 2. an unerring marksman

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  • deadeye — [ded′ī΄] n. 1. a round, flat block of wood with three holes in it for a lanyard, used in pairs on a sailing ship to hold the shrouds and stays taut 2. Slang an accurate marksman …   English World dictionary

  • Deadeye — A triple deadeye without a lanyard A deadeye is an item used in the standing and running rigging of traditional sailing ships. It is a smallish round thick wooden (usually lignum vitae) disc with one or more holes through it, perpendicular to the …   Wikipedia

  • deadeye — /ded uy /, n., pl. deadeyes. 1. Naut. either of a pair of disks of hardwood having holes through which a lanyard is rove: used to tighten shrouds and stays. 2. an expert marksman. [1740 50; DEAD + EYE; as nautical term, prob. ellipsis from… …   Universalium

  • deadeye — dead•eye [[t]ˈdɛdˌaɪ[/t]] n. pl. eyes 1) naut. navig. either of a pair of disks of hardwood having holes through which a lanyard is rove: used to tighten shrouds and stays 2) cvb an expert marksman • Etymology: 1740–50; as nautical term, prob.… …   From formal English to slang

  • deadeye — 1. adjective a) Very accurate with shooting or throwing. b) About a stare: cold; unfriendly. 2. noun a) A wooden disk having holes through which the lanyard is passed, used for tighteni …   Wiktionary

  • deadeye — Synonyms and related words: Nimrod, air hole, archer, armhole, artilleryman, blowhole, bowman, bullet hole, bunghole, cannoneer, carabineer, crack shot, cringle, dead shot, eye, eyelet, gasket, good shot, grommet, guide, gun, gunman, gunner,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • deadeye — rounded wooden block with hole used to set up ship s stays Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • deadeye — n. rounded block of wood having a groove around its edge perforated with three holes through which the lanyards are passed (Nautical); (Slang) skilled shooter …   English contemporary dictionary

  • deadeye — noun 1》 Sailing a circular wooden block with a groove round the circumference to take a lanyard, used singly or in pairs to tighten a shroud. 2》 informal, chiefly N. Amer. an expert marksman …   English new terms dictionary

  • deadeye — /ˈdɛdaɪ/ (say deduy) noun Nautical a round, laterally flattened block encircled by a rope or a metal band and pierced with three holes. {from the earlier name dead man s eyes} …   Australian English dictionary

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