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noun fair·lead \ˈfer-ˌlēd\

Definition of fairlead

  1. 1 also fairleader play \-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

  2. 2 :  a course of running ship's rope that avoids all chafing

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