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 for Gin block
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gin \Gin\, n. [A contraction of engine.]
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     1. Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare. --Chaucer.
        Spenser.
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     2.
        (a) A machine for raising or moving heavy weights,
            consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the
            top, with a windlass, pulleys, ropes, etc.
        (b) (Mining) A hoisting drum, usually vertical; a whim.
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     3. A machine for separating the seeds from cotton; a cotton
        gin.
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     Note: The name is also given to an instrument of torture
           worked with screws, and to a pump moved by rotary
           sails.
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     Gin block, a simple form of tackle block, having one wheel,
        over which a rope runs; -- called also whip gin,
        rubbish pulley, and monkey wheel.
  
     Gin power, a form of horse power for driving a cotton gin.
        
  
     Gin race, or Gin ring, the path of the horse when putting
        a gin in motion. --Halliwell.
  
     Gin saw, a saw used in a cotton gin for drawing the fibers
        through the grid, leaving the seed in the hopper.
  
     Gin wheel.
        (a) In a cotton gin, a wheel for drawing the fiber through
            the grid; a brush wheel to clean away the lint.
        (b) (Mining) the drum of a whim.
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