from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In gunnery, a strong rope employed to diminish the recoil of a gun by increasing the fractional resistances. Far-row, Mil. Encyc.
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He was a youth belonging to the brig 'Janet,' of South Shields, which was leaving the Victoria Dock, Hull, and he had the misfortune, while unfastening the check-rope, attached to the 'Dolphin,' to fall overboard.
"With a check-rope," said Mr. Adams, "-- and I got one in the barrer -- we can lower it down here easy."
Hardly had she disappeared before the conductor pulled the check-rope, and the train began to move.