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A fixed pulley assembly
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From Middle English polley, pullie, from Old French poulie, polie (a pulley, windlass), (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.


  • IPA(key): /ˈpʊli/
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  • Rhymes: -ʊli


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, as in a block and tackle arrangement, such that a small force moving through a greater distance can exert a larger force through a smaller distance).



  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".


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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