One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pin or rod, typically of metal or wood, used on board ship and in mountaineering to secure a rope fastened around it.
- ‘The belaying pins are tropical hardwood.’
- ‘In all cases, the line is passed under the arm of the cleat or around the belaying pin.’
- ‘There was nothing in the kit or instructions that told you how or where to belay all the lines and no belaying pins provided.’
- ‘The pinrail has a row of little holes punched through it for the belaying pins to sit in.’
- ‘In deciding what size belaying pins to use on your model there are some general rules to follow.’
- ‘A simple belaying pin, does not need a hole, and so are even easier to make.’
- ‘As only one size of belaying pin was kept on board, its diameter was that of the thickest rope to be belayed.’
- ‘Even though the Frontenac was a steamer - not a sailship, it still had uses for a belaying pin to secure ropes.’
- ‘This means that if a line needed to be released in a hurry, the belaying pin can be lifted out and removed, releasing the line.’
- ‘In FIG.2, the line is shown as loosely wound around the belaying pins for purposes of illustration.’
- ‘In the olden days, belaying pins were made of hardwood, usually locust, and sometimes bronze, iron, or brass.’
belaying pin/bəˈlāiNG pin/
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