Definition of block and tackle in English:

block and tackle


  • A lifting mechanism consisting of ropes, a pulley block, and a hook.

    • ‘A block and tackle can contain as many pulleys as you like, although at some point the amount of friction in the pulley shafts begins to become a significant source of resistance.’
    • ‘There was clearly no time to rig a block and tackle to winch the casualty on board.’
    • ‘When thirty feet of ice stood in their way, they used ice anchors, lines, and a block and tackle to pull the 3,000-pound craft out of the water, across the ice and into the next channel.’
    • ‘We have bent a number of bows using a steam box and a jig with a block and tackle and pulleys to bend them around a form.’
    • ‘Since the Egyptians made no use of block and tackle methods, or cranes, it is usually assumed that wooden and bronze levers were used to manoeuvre the blocks into position.’
    system of pulleys, hoisting gear, pulley, hoist, crane, winch, davit, windlass, sheave
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