The state of instability caused when a ship is top heavy or has too much water such as from flooding below decks


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PINCH BAR

A pointed lever, used somewhat like a crowbar, to roll heavy wheels.

MECHANICAL SCALE

A weighing device that incorporates a number of levers with precisely located fulcrums to permit heavy objects to be balanced with counterweights or counterpoises.

MAT

1. A steel or concrete footing under a post. 2. Mesh reinforcement in a concrete slab. 3. A heavy steel-mesh blanket used to suppress rock fragments during blasting.

LIFTING BLOCK

[MECHENG] Acombinationofpulleys and ropes which allows heavy weights to be lifted with least effort.

LEWIS

A device for hoisting heavy stones; employs a dovetailed tenon that fits into a mortise in the stone.

LEAD WIRE

One of the heavy wires connecting a firing switch with the cap wires.

JIM CROW

A device with a heavy buttress screw thread used for bending rails by hand.

HOBNAIL

A short, large-headed, sharp-pointed nail; used to attach soles to heavy shoes.

HEAVY FORCE FIT

A fit for heavy steel parts or shrink fits in medium sections.

DERRICK

A device for hoisting and lowering heavy weights, cargo, stores, etc

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