Deadman

Noun

  • (obsolete) A corpse

    "There is no deadman to be found at Deadman's Curve."

  • (rail transport) A cutout device with operates in the event of driver incapacity.
  • (construction) A long object, often a timber or log, buried to serve as an anchor for a wall or for stays.

    "The building code requires deadmen for retaining walls."

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