noun Date: 1874 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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