noun (plural pulleys)(also pulley wheel)
- Prior to World War II, the sash (the parts that move) was counterweighted by a temperamental arrangement of cords, pulleys and iron weights.
- It turned out to be a spare pulley used for lifting heavy equipment.
- We come across bright ideas in books, like over-length lines passed through pulleys under floats and the excess taken up by counter-balancing weights.
- Standard belt lengths between pulleys: 132 to 500 mm; widths between 10 and 200 mm.
- There are V-belt constructions made up of sections that lock together, allowing you to wrap the belt around a trapped pulley and join the two ends.
- Something else you don't do - you don't clear sap buildup from between a pulley and belt when the conveyor is running.
verb (pulleys, pulleying, pulleyed)[with object]
Middle English: from Old French polie, probably from a medieval Greek diminutive of polos 'pivot, axis'.
pole from Old English:
The Old English word from which we get pole, as in ‘flag pole’ or ‘telegraph pole’, meant ‘stake’ and is ultimately from the same source as pale. To be in pole position is to be in a leading or dominant position, from motor racing, where it describes the first place on the starting grid, on the front row, and on the inside of the first bend, but it comes from horse racing. On 19th-century racecourses a pole marked the starting position closest to the inside boundary rails, a favourable position in a race. Pole as in North Pole is from Latin polus ‘end of an axis’, from Greek polos ‘pivot, axis, sky’. The adjective polar dates from the mid 16th century and is from medieval Latin polaris ‘heavenly’, from polus. The Pole Star, or Polaris, is the star around which the stars appear to rotate. Polos is also the probable source of pulley (Middle English).
Words that rhyme with pulleyampullae, bullae, bully, fully, Lully, Woolley, woolly
For editors and proofreaders
Definition of pulley in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.