pad eye


: a small usually round opening that is in an edgewise projection of a plate welded or otherwise fixed to a part of a ship's structure and that is used like an eyebolt as a catch (as for hooks) or other point of attachment (as for rigging)
also : a ring or similar projection forming part of and extending edgewise from a plate on a ship's structure and used in the same way

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“Pad eye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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