from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A second rope added to the main hoisting-rope on inclined planes or elevators, as a precaution in case of breakage of the main rope.
  • n. A rope attached to a brake, valve, or other stopping-device, by which the motion of the car can be stopped in case of accident on railways or inclines.


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  • He, of course, had untied the safety-rope, and as we were lying there quite comfortably and chatting, all of a sudden he was off.

    Pelle the Conqueror — Volume 03

  • "There is a safety-rope reaching from the boat to the men.



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