sheerlegs
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: circa 1860 shear 1c(2)

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  • sheerlegs — /shear legz /, n. (usually used with a pl. v.) shear (def. 16). [sheer, sp. var. of SHEAR + LEG + S3] * * * …   Universalium

  • sheerlegs — /ˈʃɪəlɛgz/ (say shearlegz) plural noun → shearlegs …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Gyn — A gyn is a form of three legged lifting device used on sailboats. It provides more stability than a derrick or sheers, and requires no rigging for support. However, it can only be used for lifting things directly up and down. Gyns may also be… …   Wikipedia

  • shear — shearer, n. shearless, adj. /shear/, v., sheared, sheared or shorn, shearing, n. v.t. 1. to cut (something). 2. to remove by or as if by cutting or clipping with a sharp instrument: to shear wool from sheep …   Universalium

  • shear legs — shear (def. 16). Also, sheerlegs. [1855 60] * * * Device, often temporary, for lifting heavy weights. It consisted of three poles lashed together at the top with a block and tackle attached. Shear legs were often used for placing masts in sailing …   Universalium

  • sheers — noun /ˈʃɪəz,ʃɪrz/ sheerlegs …   Wiktionary

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