cantilever- meaning in context

Nehir

Member
Turkish
Could you please explain what a cantilever is here in this context? What do the characters clip/unclip? Thank you in advance.

"He had already climbed the ladder to the bench and was unclipping the cantilever that held the cable in place."

"She clipped a cantilever from her belt to a securing ring on the ceiling. The air intake vent was up here..." From Six Wakes Mur Lafferty
 
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    I can easily imagine a cantilever holding a cable in place, in this case it would be something like a horizontal arm, but the second sentence looks very much like the writer has mistakenly used "cantilever" instead of "carabiner" (in which case, the first sentence is probably wrong as well).

    Here is a carabiner (they come in a variety of styles):
     

    Nehir

    Member
    Turkish
    Thanks!
    Do you think it is possible that the cantilever in the first sentence can actually be carabiner, as well?
     

    bennymix

    Senior Member
    Thanks!
    Do you think it is possible that the cantilever in the first sentence can actually be carabiner, as well?
    Yes, the mistake may well be throughout.

    NOTE: The original does say 'carabiner' in the above quote:

    Six Wakes

    "He had already climbed the ladder to the bench and was unclipping the carabiner that held the cable in place."

    In sum, the original says 'carabiner' in both passages.
     
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