A loop of rope arranged like a sling, used for raising or lowering casks and other cylindrical objects along an inclined plane.
transitive verb[with object]
Raise or lower with a parbuckle.‘the gun has to be parbuckled across a ditch’
- ‘Engineers say they only have one shot at parbuckling the ship - and any error during the days-long process could see the ship break apart,.’
- ‘Once the parbuckling is complete, the next phase - removing the ship from its present location and towing it to a mainland port for dismantling - will have to wait another eight to 10 months for winter to pass.’
Early 17th century from earlier parbunkle, of unknown origin. The change in the ending was due to association with buckle.