Definition of arresting gear
: a series of rather widely spaced parallel wire cables held taut by strong springs and extending across the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, one such cable by being caught by the arrester hook of an airplane in the process of landing halting the forward motion of the plane within a limited space
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