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sheerlegs

Line breaks: sheer|legs
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪəlɛɡz/

Definition of sheerlegs in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
A hoisting apparatus made from poles joined at or near the top and separated at the bottom, used for masting ships, installing engines, and hauling heavy objects.
Example sentences
  • Today we have steel piles and mechanical pile drivers - then they had only sheer legs and a suspended weight hauled up by hand.
  • The monkey bridge is constructed using two sheer legs and bridged with a hawser and handrails secured using pickets.
  • Guys attached to the sheer head allow moving the load horizontally by increasing or decreasing the angle of sheer legs off the vertical.

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