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belaying pin

noun, Nautical
a short, round bar of metal or wood, inserted in a fife rail or pin rail, to which a rope is belayed.
Origin of belaying pin
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I tried to walk, but staggered like a drunken man, and could only just manage to reach the side, and catch hold of a belaying-pin.

    Dick Cheveley W. H. G. Kingston
  • A few turns of the cables around the belaying-pin, and all stood fast.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • And he threateningly threw a coil of stout rope off a belaying-pin by way of hastening the movements of the two men.

    Dick Leslie's Luck Harry Collingwood
  • Then the cables were held taut, and securely fastened to the belaying-pin.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • I will try; but if you are having your fun out of me, I will take my fun out of you with a belaying-pin.

  • Hes about as useful in handling this boat as a belaying-pin.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure Rupert Sargent Holland
  • Her foot caught in a loop of rope that had not been properly stopped up to its belaying-pin.

    Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • If he should show fight, a crack over the head with a belaying-pin will send him down and out.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • Cardigan inserted a belaying-pin in the windlass, paused and looked at the girl.

    The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne
  • He gazed fixedly at their faces, and some at once put on a surprised air as though they had never seen a belaying-pin before.

British Dictionary definitions for belaying-pin

belaying pin

(nautical) a cylindrical, sometimes tapered pin, usually of metal or wood, that fits into a hole in a pin or fife rail: used for belaying
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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