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guide rope

noun
1.
a rope fastened, usually at an angle, to a hoisting or towing line, to guide the object being moved.
2.
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
1815-1825
1815-25
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  • Would not the guide rope at least curl itself around some tree and hold us there for hours?

    My Airships Alberto Santos-Dumont
  • I shifted forward the guide rope again to make a level course.

    My Airships Alberto Santos-Dumont
  • This morning I had the "No. 9" towed to the railing of Bagatelle by means of its guide rope.

    My Airships Alberto Santos-Dumont
  • She stopped and stood gripping the guide rope with both hands.

    Delayed Action Charles Vincent De Vet
  • They had grasped my guide rope to draw me down, but as I had been coming diagonally there was no need of it.

    My Airships Alberto Santos-Dumont
  • Just as I had given myself up for lost the guide rope wound itself around a tree and held.

    My Airships Alberto Santos-Dumont
  • The man on the edge of the pit who was holding the guide rope attached to the swinging derrick was caught in the rush of workmen.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • The guide rope, trailing some 10 metres (30 feet), gave her an altitude and equilibrium that never varied.

    My Airships Alberto Santos-Dumont
  • I soon righted myself by shifting the guide rope and the weights forward.

    My Airships Alberto Santos-Dumont
  • In the city streets he steered mainly by aid of a guide rope trailing behind him.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
British Dictionary definitions for guide rope

guide rope

noun
1.
a stay or rope attached to another rope that is lifting a load, either to steady the load or guide the rope
2.
another name for dragrope (sense 2)
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