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dead·eye

 (dĕd′ī′)

n.

1. Nautical A flat hardwood disk with a grooved perimeter, pierced by three holes through which the lanyards are passed, used to fasten the shrouds.

2. Slang An expert shooter: a deadeye with the rifle.

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deadeye

(ˈdɛdˌaɪ)

n

1. (Nautical Terms) nautical either of a pair of disclike wooden blocks, supported by straps in grooves around them, between which a line is rove so as to draw them together to tighten a shroud. Compare bull’s-eye9

2. (Shooting) chiefly informal US an expert marksman

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dead•eye

(ˈdɛdˌaɪ)

n., pl. -eyes.

1. either of a pair of disks of hardwood having holes through which a lanyard is rove: used to tighten shrouds and stays.

2. an expert marksman.

[1740–50; as nautical term, probably ellipsis from deadman’s eye, Middle English dedmaneseye deadeye]

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