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gun tackle

noun, Nautical.
1.
a tackle composed of a fall rove through two single blocks and secured to one of them so as to secure a mechanical advantage of two or three, neglecting friction, depending on the arrangement.
Origin of gun tackle
1785-1795
1785-95
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  • A gun-tackle purchase applied to the ends of the truss-pendants, to bowse them taut home to the mast.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Within the sister-block it becomes a gun-tackle purchase, with the fall leading on deck.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The decks were washed down, the main hatch removed, and a gun-tackle purchase rigged before the boat arrived with breakfast.

  • A gun-tackle Purchase is a rope rove through two single blocks and made fast to the strap of the upper block.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • The royal clewlines are single, and the topsail and topgallant are a gun-tackle purchase.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • There he stood full of life and energy, now hauling on a gun-tackle, now looking along a gun.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • Sometimes they are a gun-tackle purchase, with two large single blocks.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana

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