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guide rope

noun
1.
a rope fastened, usually at an angle, to a hoisting or towing line, to guide the object being moved.
2.
Aeronautics. a long rope hung downward from a balloon and trailing along the ground, used to regulate the altitude of the balloon and to act as a brake.
Origin of guide rope
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25
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  • Of course, when the guide rope drags it acts exactly like a brake.

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  • I shifted forward the guide rope again to make a level course.

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  • She stopped and stood gripping the guide rope with both hands.

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  • The man on the edge of the pit who was holding the guide rope attached to the swinging derrick was caught in the rush of workmen.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • The balloon began descending to earth again, and soon the guide rope again rested on the ground.

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  • Just as I had given myself up for lost the guide rope wound itself around a tree and held.

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  • Would not the guide rope at least curl itself around some tree and hold us there for hours?

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  • Besides these I had a guide rope some 60 metres (200 feet) long, which could also be used, at need, as shifting ballast.

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  • It was almost at the exact spot where the kite-flying boys had pulled on my guide rope and saved me from a bad shaking-up.

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  • All this happened very quickly—before I had a chance to shift my weights and guide rope back to the normal horizontal positions.

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British Dictionary definitions for guide rope

guide rope

noun
1.
a stay or rope attached to another rope that is lifting a load, either to steady the load or guide the rope
2.
another name for dragrope (sense 2)
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