dragline

noun
drag·​line | \ ˈdrag-ˌlīn How to pronounce dragline (audio) \

Definition of dragline

1 : a line used in or for dragging
2 : an excavating machine in which the bucket is attached by cables and operates by being drawn toward the machine
3 : a strong stiff strand of silk produced by a spider especially to form the framework of its web and as a means of lowering itself from and returning to a height

Examples of dragline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1980s and ’90s many mining companies turned to mountaintop removal, a hyper-efficient mix of explosives, draglines and dozers that undoes hundreds of millions of years of geology in minutes. Washington Post, "Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.," 13 Feb. 2020 Traditional cranes with clamshell or dragline buckets could do many things also, but not nearly as efficiently as a modern trackhoe. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Highway 91 revisited reflects our history," 29 Sep. 2019 Tom worked as a dragline operator many years before employment at Broward Schools in the Central Warehouse. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 3/23," 23 Mar. 2018 Tom worked as a dragline operator many years before employment at Broward Schools in the Central Warehouse. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 3/23," 23 Mar. 2018 Tom worked as a dragline operator many years before employment at Broward Schools in the Central Warehouse. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 3/23," 23 Mar. 2018 Tom worked as a dragline operator many years before employment at Broward Schools in the Central Warehouse. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 3/23," 23 Mar. 2018 Tom worked as a dragline operator many years before employment at Broward Schools in the Central Warehouse. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 3/23," 23 Mar. 2018 Tom worked as a dragline operator many years before employment at Broward Schools in the Central Warehouse. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 3/23," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dragline

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dragline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragline. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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