Definition of parbuckle in US English:



  • A loop of rope arranged like a sling, used for raising or lowering casks and other cylindrical objects along an inclined plane.


[with object]
  • Raise or lower with a parbuckle.

    • ‘Engineers say they only have one shot at parbuckling the ship - and any error during the days-long process could see the ship break apart,.’
    • ‘Once the parbuckling is complete, the next phase - removing the ship from its present location and towing it to a mainland port for dismantling - will have to wait another eight to 10 months for winter to pass.’


Early 17th century: from earlier parbunkle, of unknown origin. The change in the ending was due to association with buckle.