Meaning of DEADMAN in English


-ˌman, -aa(ə)n noun

( plural deadmen )

Etymology: Middle English deedman, from deed dead + man

1. : corpse — now used as one word in place names only

Deadman's Bay

2. : a buried log serving as an anchor (as for a guy rope) : anchor log ; also : a stout timber or log used as an anchorage (as for a boom)

3. : a support that resembles a crutch and is used to hold a pole temporarily while it is being erected or lowered and so permit the workmen to take a fresh grip on the pole

4. : a fallen tree on the shore

5. deadmen plural , obsolete : reef or gasket ends carelessly left dangling under the yard when the sail is furled

6. or deadman control : a device (as a brake) for controlling a vehicle or machine in case the operator becomes incapacitated

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