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[drag-lahyn] /ˈdrægˌlaɪn/
a rope dragging from something; dragrope.
Origin of dragline
1915-20, Americanism; drag + line1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • dragline silk combines toughness and strength to an extraordinary degree.
  • Most of the research has focused on a type of silk known as dragline, which spiders use to construct the frame of their web.
  • The dragline moves by utilizing the walking shoes attached to the machine on an eccentric arm rotated by a geared mechanism.
  • The keyway, or ditch, is an area excavated by the dragline along the seam coal bench.
  • Dredging would be conducted from the shore with a dragline during winter pool.
  • The keyway, or ditch, was an area excavated by the dragline along the seam coal bench.
  • The material is drilled, blasted, and then removed from the water by a dragline.
  • The excavated material is dumped behind the dragline in a windrow and allowed to dry.
British Dictionary definitions for dragline


another word for dragrope (sense 2)
Also called dragline crane, dragline excavator. a power shovel that operates by being dragged by cables at the end of an arm or jib: used for quarrying, opencast mining, etc
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