dragline [drag-lahyn] Word Origin noun

  1. a rope dragging from something; dragrope.
  2. dragline crane.

Origin of dragline An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; drag + line1 British Dictionary definitions for dragline dragline noun

  1. another word for dragrope (def. 2)
  2. Also called: dragline crane, dragline excavator a power shovel that operates by being dragged by cables at the end of an arm or jib: used for quarrying, opencast mining, etc

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