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[ches-tree] /ˈtʃɛsˌtri/
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.
Origin of chesstree
1620-30; perhaps by folk etymology < French châssis frame; see chassis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Sea after sea struck her on the chesstree or the beam, pouring over her decks and adding to the accumulation of water in her hold.

    George Cruikshank's Omnibus George Cruikshank

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