Middle English Dictionary Entry

pulī n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A mechanical device consisting of a wheel or sheave fixed to a revolving axle or carried freely on a stationary one, round which a rope is wound, used for pulling or raising a weight; -- also personified; double ~, a block containing a pair of pulleys; (b) naut. boue-line ~, a pulley for hauling a bowline; bou-sprete ~, a pulley connected to the bowsprit; henge (hok) ~, a pulley forming part of the apparatus associated with the pintle of the rudder; stetinge ~, a pulley for hauling some kind of rope; trusse (trussinge) ~, a pulley used in securing a yard to a mast; windinge ~, a pulley used for hoisting or hauling; ~ stok, a block to which a pulley is attached; ~ twin, cord used on a pulley.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. pulley.