Definitions for fairleadˈfɛərˌlid
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a pulley, thimble, or the like that guides a rope forming part of the rigging of a ship or crane in such a way as to prevent chafing.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Origin of fairlead:
a pulley-block used to guide a rope forming part of a ship's rigging to avoid chafing
A device to guide a line, rope or cable around an object or out of the way, or to stop it from moving laterally