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trail rope

noun
1.
a guide rope on an aerostat.
Origin of trail rope
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
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  • This consists in allowing the end of the trail-rope to drag on the ground.

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

  • While watching his various manoeuvres, an object on the ground drew my attention—it was the trail-rope left by my horse.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • Per contra, as it falls the weight of the trail-rope is taken by the ground and so lightens the balloon.

  • I knew the trail-rope to be about twenty yards in length, but I ran a hundred, at least, before making halt.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • 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
  • Several times in the course of the journey my horse's trail-rope was bitten in two by these nocturnal visitors.

    The Oregon Trail Francis Parkman, Jr.
  • 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
  • It was my intention to lasso the bull; and for this purpose I proceeded to make a running-noose on the end of the trail-rope.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for trail-rope

trail rope

noun
1.
another name for dragrope (sense 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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