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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Chesstree  \Chess"tree`\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  chassis  a  framework  of 
  carpentry.]  (Naut.) 
  A  piece  of  oak  bolted  perpendicularly  on  the  side  of  a 
  vessel,  to  aid  in  drawing  down  and  securing  the  clew  of  the