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trail rope

  1. a guide rope on an aerostat.
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Origin of trail rope

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for trail rope

Historical Examples of trail rope

  • This consists in allowing the end of the trail-rope to drag on the ground.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3


  • A 'trail-rope' is usually carried, with which the practice of 'trailing' may be effected over open country or the sea.

  • Per contra, as it falls the weight of the trail-rope is taken by the ground and so lightens the balloon.

  • So deciding, he slips out of the saddle; and letting his horse out on the trail-rope, lays himself down.

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

  • At sight of the bear he had run out to the end of his trail-rope, and was snorting and plunging with affright.

    The War Trail

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for trail rope

trail rope

  1. another name for dragrope (def. 2)
  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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