fairlead

noun
fair·​lead | \ ˈfer-ˌlēd How to pronounce fairlead (audio) \

Definition of fairlead

1 or less commonly fairleader \ ˈfer-​ˌlē-​dər How to pronounce fairleader (audio) \ : 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 : a course of running ship's rope that avoids all chafing

First Known Use of fairlead

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fairlead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairlead. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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