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trail rope

a guide rope on an aerostat.
Origin of trail rope
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Unless the balloon is held captive it is supplied also with a trail rope.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • Everybody was either trying to dodge the grapnel or catch the trail rope.

    The War in the Air Herbert George Wells
  • His only hope was to raise her, to catch her at full speed, And oft-times he had been known to catch the trail rope off his steed.

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  • The other was secured against escape by means of a trail rope, which was bound about his wrists and ankles.

  • A trail rope was also used so as to break the shock which might result from a sudden fall.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • We rode up to the front of the principal one, dismounted, and hitched our horses by dropping the trail rope to the ground.

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  • When descending, as the trail rope reaches the ground the balloon is relieved of a portion of its weight and becomes more buoyant.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • Suppose, however, that as soon as the side sail is hoisted a trail rope is also dropped aft from a spar in the rigging.

  • The balloon was to be kept near the earth, and steered, as far as this might be practicable, by means of a trail rope.

British Dictionary definitions for trail rope

trail rope

another name for dragrope (sense 2)
a long rope formerly used for various military purposes, esp to allow a vehicle, horses, or men to pull a gun carriage
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