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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fair-leed or fair-lee-der]
    • /ˈfɛərˌlid or ˈfɛərˌli dər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fair-leed or fair-lee-der]
    • /ˈfɛərˌlid or ˈfɛərˌli dər/

Definitions of fairlead word

  • noun fairlead 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. 1
  • noun fairlead Machinery. (on power shovels or cranes) a swiveling mounting for sheaves, over which cables pass. 1
  • noun fairlead A ring mounted on a boat or ship to guide a rope, keeping it clear of obstructions and preventing it from being cut or chafed. 1
  • noun fairlead a block or ring through which a line is rove to keep it clear of obstructions, prevent chafing, or maintain it at an angle 0
  • noun fairlead (nautical) A device to guide a line, rope or cable around an object or out of the way, or to stop it from moving laterally. 0

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Origin of fairlead

First appearance:

before 1855
One of the 30% newest English words
First recorded in 1855-60; fair1 + lead1

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Parts of speech for Fairlead


fairlead popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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