polyspast

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From Latin polyspaston (hoisting-tackle with many pulleys), from Ancient Greek πολύσπαστον (polúspaston, compound pulley)

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polyspast (plural polyspasts)

  1. A machine consisting of many pulleys
    • 1849, Adalbert, Travels of His Royal Highness Prince Adalbert of Prussia, page 275,
      The Bishop of Chrysopolis, his Majesty's former tutor, consecrated the foundation-stone, which was suspended from two elegant polyspasts; the Emperor himself laid it.
  2. (surgical) A machine of many pulleys, formerly used to reduce dislocation
  3. (mechanics) A windlass with many pulleys and truckles

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