The Collaborative International Dictionary
Jears \Jears\, n. pl. (Naut.) See 1st Jeer (b) .
alt. (context nautical English) An assemblage or combination of tackles, for hoisting or lowering the yards of a ship. n. (context nautical English) An assemblage or combination of tackles, for hoisting or lowering the yards of a ship.
Usage examples of "jears".
Bush was attending to the preparation of the jears and tackle at the mainmast which would help to accomplish a great part of the lift.
Bush watched the jears, while Gerard at the main masthead attended to the slings.
Hornblower's calculating eye, measuring stresses and reactions, saw that the crisis was now come — the moment when the jears could raise the masthead no more and the final lifting must be accomplished by the pull of the backstays aft.
The jears had to be disconnected from the windlass and their work done by the backstays.
Nautical Objects: Seams and Spurkets, Parrels and Jears, Brales and Bunt-Lines.