fair·​lead ˈfer-ˌlēd How to pronounce fairlead (audio)
or less commonly fairleader : 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

Examples of fairlead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This hunk of billet aluminum solves both problems by providing a closed shackle mount that’s designed to fit snug with the winch’s fairlead. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 12 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fairlead was in 1808

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“Fairlead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairlead. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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