from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The rope along the bottom of a trawl-net.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word ground-rope.


  • The mouth of this apparatus is kept open on its flat side by means of a pole some ten or twelve feet long, termed the ` trawl-beam, 'which floats uppermost when the net is down; while the lower side is weighted with a thick heavy piece of hawser styled the ` ground-rope,' around which the meshes of the net are woven.

    Bob Strong's Holidays Adrift in the Channel John B. [Illustrator] Greene


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.