dragline

noun drag·line \ ˈdrag-ˌlīn \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

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

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1874

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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