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luff tackle

noun, Nautical.
a tackle having a double block and a single block, giving a mechanical advantage of three or four, neglecting friction, depending on which is the standing and which is the running block.
Origin of luff tackle
1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One luff-tackle applied to the fall of another, to afford an increase of purchase.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A luff-tackle purchase, with a hook in the end of the single block, and a tail to the upper end of the double block.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A luff-tackle upon the fall of another luff-tackle is called luff-upon-luff.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • In a few minutes, I had a string of the savages hold of the mast-rope, forward, a luff-tackle being applied.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper

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