Pronunciation: (fâr'lēd"),[key] —n. 1. a pulley, thimble, etc., used to guide a rope forming part of the rigging of a ship, crane, etc., in such a way as to prevent chafing.
2. Mach.(on power shovels or cranes) a swiveling mounting for sheaves, over which cables pass. Also,fair'lead"er.