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fairlead

[fair-leed] /ˈfɛərˌlid/
noun
1.
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.
2.
Machinery. (on power shovels or cranes) a swiveling mounting for sheaves, over which cables pass.
Also, fairleader.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; fair1 + lead1
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fairlead

/ˈfɛəˌliːd/
noun
1.
(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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