fairlead

noun fair·lead \ ˈfer-ˌlēd \

Definition of fairlead

1 or less commonly fairleader play \ˈfer-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 :a course of running ship's rope that avoids all chafing

First Known Use of fairlead

1808


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