- a rope fastened, usually at an angle, to a hoisting or towing line, to guide the object being moved.
- 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
First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for guide rope
"I will guide-rope up the avenue of the Bois," I said to myself gleefully.My Airships
This cable is essentially the same as the guide-rope of the older aeronauts.The Dominion of the Air
J. M. Bacon
And at last his guide-rope was trailing again, and he found it possible to attempt a landing.The War in the Air
Herbert George Wells
They were bright young fellows, and they grasped the idea and the guide-rope at the same lucky instant.
The place was very still as the man holding the guide-rope awaited the signal to let go.
- a stay or rope attached to another rope that is lifting a load, either to steady the load or guide the rope
- another name for dragrope (def. 2)
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