parbuckle definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a sling for a log, barrel, etc., made by passing a doubled rope around the object and pulling the rope ends through the loop
- a device for raising or lowering a cylindrical object, consisting of a doubled rope, the middle of which is secured at a given height and the ends passed around the object so that it will move up and down as the ends are hauled in or payed out
Origin: altered (infl. by buckle) ; from Early Modern English parbunkel
parbuckle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A rope sling for rolling cylindrical objects up or down an inclined plane.
- A sling for raising or lowering an object vertically.
To raise or lower with such a sling.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by buckle) of parbunkel.