pulley

noun
pul·​ley | \ ˈpu̇-lē How to pronounce pulley (audio) \
plural pulleys

Definition of pulley

1 : a sheave or small wheel with a grooved rim and with or without the block in which it runs used singly with a rope or chain to change the direction and point of application of a pulling force and in various combinations to increase the applied force especially for lifting weights
2 : a pulley or pulleys with ropes to form a tackle that constitutes one of the simple machines
3 : a wheel used to transmit power by means of a band, belt, cord, rope, or chain passing over its rim

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Examples of pulley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the roof of a powerhouse, rescuers shot a rope line to the boat from a cannon and constructed a pulley system. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "Boat Stuck at Niagara Falls Moves for First Time Since 1918," 5 Nov. 2019 Rescuers set up a ladder and pulley system to lower a crewman into the hole to grab the woman and pull her out. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida woman trapped for 12 hours in 15-foot-deep hole," 7 Oct. 2019 Insider also reported that the brand used pulley systems in order to pull off the surreal effect. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Issey Miyake's Floating Dresses Wow at Paris Fashion Week," 27 Sep. 2019 Every crankshaft has a pulley, which is held on by a bolt on the front of the engine. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Seize this opportunity to learn about your engine," 15 Sep. 2019 Every crankshaft has a pulley, which is held on by a bolt on the front of the engine. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Seize this opportunity to learn about your engine," 15 Sep. 2019 Every crankshaft has a pulley, which is held on by a bolt on the front of the engine. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Seize this opportunity to learn about your engine," 15 Sep. 2019 The iron ballast used to counter-balance human weight aboard the ship, remnants of shackles and a wooden pulley humanize the lives onboard. Chris Searles, National Geographic, "Most slave shipwrecks have been overlooked—until now," 23 Aug. 2019 Every crankshaft has a pulley, which is held on by a bolt on the front of the engine. Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "Car Talk: Seize this opportunity to learn about your engine," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of pulley

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pulley

Middle English poley, pully, from Anglo-French pulie, probably ultimately from Greek polos axis, pole — more at pole

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The first known use of pulley was in the 14th century

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pulley

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English Language Learners Definition of pulley

: a wheel or set of wheels that is used with a rope, chain, etc., to lift or lower heavy objects

pulley

noun
pul·​ley | \ ˈpu̇-lē How to pronounce pulley (audio) \
plural pulleys

Kids Definition of pulley

: a wheel over which a belt, rope, or chain is pulled to lift or lower a heavy object

pulley

noun
pul·​ley | \ ˈpu̇l-ē How to pronounce pulley (audio) \

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