samson post

noun

often capitalized S
1
a
: a post resting on the keelson and supporting a deck beam of a ship
b
: a post for use in securing a cable (as the anchor cable)
2
: an upright post that supports the walking beam in an oil derrick
3
: a heavy timber with a chain and hook used for moving logs

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/samson%20post. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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