Meaning of deadman


Pronunciation: (ded'man", -mun), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -men
  1. a log, concrete block, etc., buried in the ground as an anchor.
  2. a crutchlike prop temporarily supporting a pole or mast being erected.
    1. an object fixed on shore to hold a mooring line temporarily.
    2. a rope for hauling the boom of a derrick inboard after discharge of a load of cargo.
  1. of or pertaining to a control or switch on a powered machine or vehicle that disengages a blade or clutch, applies the brake, shuts off the engine, etc., when the driver or operator ceases to press a pedal, squeeze a throttle, etc.: deadman throttle; dead-man's control.
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