Definition of pulley block in US English:

pulley block


  • A block or casing in which one or more pulleys are mounted.

    • ‘At sea, this would be connected by ropes across the deck through pulley blocks to a drum behind the ship's steering wheel.’
    • ‘Further on huge pulley blocks that had snapped off during the sinking lay scattered amongst other debris.’
    • ‘The first factory to use steam engines was in Portsmouth Dock Yard for the making of pulley blocks for sailing ships.’
    • ‘A solitary pulley block lies encrusted against the steel deck.’
    • ‘The pulley block had not been invented at this time and the Vikings used a curious devices called ‘Virgins', ‘Angels' or ‘Maidens'.’