samson post


often capitalized S
: a post resting on the keelson and supporting a deck beam of a ship
: a post for use in securing a cable (as the anchor cable)
: an upright post that supports the walking beam in an oil derrick
: a heavy timber with a chain and hook used for moving logs

Word History


after Samson, judge of Israel; probably from his pulling down the pillars of the palace of the Philistines, Judges 16:25–30

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“Samson post.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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