noun fair·lead \ˈfer-ˌlēd\

Definition of FAIRLEAD

also fair·lead·er \-ˌlē-dər\ :  a block, ring, or strip of plank with holes that serves as a guide for the running rigging or any ship's rope and keeps it from chafing
:  a course of running ship's rope that avoids all chafing

First Known Use of FAIRLEAD

circa 1841


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