chess tree


noun Nautical.
(in the 17th and 18th centuries) a wooden fastening with one or more sheaves, attached to the topside of a sailing vessel, through which the windward tack of a course was rove.

1620–30; perhaps by folk etymology < French châssis frame; see chassis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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