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kevil (plural kevils)

  1. (nautical) A sturdy belaying-pin for the heavier cables of a ship.
    • 1935, Walter Henry Johnston, Building a Little Ship:
      The halliard is belayed on the kevil with figure-of-eight turns (not hitched), and the coil is carried up to the pin-rail, where the 1-inch rope is passed round it, the eye at the end of this rope being finally passed over the pin.