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guide rope

a rope fastened, usually at an angle, to a hoisting or towing line, to guide the object being moved.
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
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • This cable is essentially the same as the guide-rope of the older aeronauts.

  • "I will guide-rope up the avenue of the Bois," I said to myself gleefully.

    My Airships Alberto Santos-Dumont
  • The balloon is furnished besides with a grapnel, and a guide-rope; which latter is of the most indispensable importance.

  • And at last his guide-rope was trailing again, and he found it possible to attempt a landing.

    The War in the Air Herbert George Wells
  • Another method of steering employed sails, held up to the wind by the drag of a guide-rope on the ground.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • They were bright young fellows, and they grasped the idea and the guide-rope at the same lucky instant.

    Boys' Second Book of Inventions Ray Stannard Baker
  • The gun had been hoisted nearly half-way up the cliff when the guide-rope had fouled a rock.

    The Pirate Island Harry Collingwood
  • The place was very still as the man holding the guide-rope awaited the signal to let go.

    Boys' Second Book of Inventions Ray Stannard Baker
  • We soon ran out our guide-rope; but even when we had raised it clear of the earth, we still went up very rapidly.

  • One can guide-rope even in the centre of Paris if one goes about it at the proper moment.

    My Airships Alberto Santos-Dumont
British Dictionary definitions for guide-rope

guide rope

a stay or rope attached to another rope that is lifting a load, either to steady the load or guide the rope
another name for dragrope (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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