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[fair-leed] /ˈfɛərˌlid/
a pulley, thimble, etc., used to guide a rope forming part of the rigging of a ship, crane, etc., in such a way as to prevent chafing.
Machinery. (on power shovels or cranes) a swiveling mounting for sheaves, over which cables pass.
Origin of fairlead
1855-60; fair1 + lead1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fairlead
  • Cable skidders have a fixed arch over which the cable runs through a fairlead.
  • The rollers provide a low-friction fairlead for the lift wires or chains.
  • Smaller cables can be used but they aren't as well supported in the fairlead sheave grooves and will experience wear.
  • Test each roller chock and roller fairlead for freedom of movement.
  • When necessary, the mooring dynamics are evaluated separately as a post processing after obtaining the fairlead motions.
  • The separation of the rudder control cable at the aft fairlead, as a result of wear.
British Dictionary definitions for fairlead


(nautical) a block or ring through which a line is rove to keep it clear of obstructions, prevent chafing, or maintain it at an angle Also called leader
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