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pulley

EnglishEdit

A fixed pulley assembly
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PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English polley, pullie, from Old French poulie, polie (a pulley), (compare Medieval Latin polea, polegia, polegium; Middle Dutch puleye), of Germanic origin, from or related to Middle Low German pulen (to pull), Old English pullian (to pull) [1][2][3]. More at pull.

NounEdit

pulley (plural pulleys)

  1. One of the simple machines; a wheel with a grooved rim in which a pulled rope or chain will lift an object (more useful when two or more pulleys are used together such that a small force moving through a greater distance can exert a larger force through a smaller distance).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Skeat, An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, "pulley".
  2. ^ Diez, An Etymological Dictionary of the Romance Languages, "pulley".
  3. ^ Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, "pulley".

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VerbEdit

pulley (third-person singular simple present pulleys, present participle pulleying, simple past and past participle pulleyed)

  1. (transitive) To raise or lift by means of a pulley.
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