samson post

noun, often capitalized S

Definition of samson post

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)
c :king post 2
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

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Origin and Etymology of samson post

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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