noun Nautical.
a rope suspended from the side of a vessel or a boom as an object to which other vessels can moor, or to afford a hold for persons in such vessels.
a line sent out from a vessel to a fixed object or a buoy or anchor to help the vessel in warping.
a line, in addition to the towrope, to steady a boat in tow.
Also, guest rope.

1615–25; guest < ? + rope Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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