Definition of fairlead in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈferlēd/


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.
Example sentences
  • As your boat veers, will your lines, bow-roller, cleats and fairleads stay in place under thousands of pounds of athwartship load?
  • Towards the edge of the deck are a pair of mooring bollards and a fairlead.
  • For example, a hoop-shaped piece of metal fastened to the deck (picture an upside-down ‘U’) is a fairlead if you use it to guide a line running through it.

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Syllabification: fair·lead

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