Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A line used for dragging.
  • n. A kind of dredging machine.

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  • n. Any of several very large vehicles used for lifting in the process of mining.

Etymologies

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drag +‎ line

Examples

  • Hwange Colliery has three operational mines namely JKL Opencast (widely known as the dragline pit), Chaba Opencast and 3 Main underground Mine.

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  • A dragline is a twenty-story-tall machine which has a giant bucket and a large boom with a bucket on the end.

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  • The dragline, which is used to move soil to expose the lignite, is operated by Dolet Hills Mining Co., a subsidiary of Southwestern Electric Power Co.

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  • I'll get back in line after this, but the dragline is the increase sort of flow business enough to completely offset the decrease rebuild or is it sort of a net negative for now?

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  • During its lifetime a spider creates different kinds of silk fibers; the strongest and most flexible is known as dragline silk and is used by the spider as a lifeline whenever it falls from high altitudes.

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  • The piece of equipment, known as a dragline, can remove house-sized chunks of blasted rock and earth.

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  • Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, outside Los Angeles, have identified the genes and DNA sequences for two key proteins used in the "dragline" silk of the tiny but lethal spiders found in the region.

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  • Above, a dragline exposes a seam of coal at Macarthur Coal's Coppabella mine in this undated photo.

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  • "Three of the mine's four draglines have been idled awaiting access to the new reserves in Hardee County, and output from the single remaining dragline cannot economically support the operating costs of the mine."

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  • It's hard to curb your enthusiasm when a 13-million pound dragline monster is heading for your farm or forest to rip out the biggest strip mine in the East -- in Indiana, by the way, not Appalachia.

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