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Re: [TowerTalk] root of guy wire?

To: "Matt Beer" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] root of guy wire?
From: Jim Lux <>
Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2003 14:03:47 -0800
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At 02:43 PM 11/5/2003 -0500, Matt Beer wrote:
This may sound strange but, what is the root of the term guy wire or just singly "guy" as a support. Where did it originate from?

guy n. A rope, cord, or cable used to steady, guide, or secure something.

tr.v. guyed, guy·ing, guys
To steady, guide, or secure with a rope, cord, or cable.

[Partly from Middle English gie, guide, guy (from Old French guie, from guier, to guide. See weid- in Indo-European Roots), and partly from Low German; akin to Dutch gei, brail.]

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
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\Guy\, n. [Sp. guia guide, a guy or small rope used on board of ships to keep weighty things in their places; of Teutonic origin, and the same word as E. guide. See Guide, and cf. Gye.] A rope, chain, or rod attached to anything to steady it; as: a rope to steady or guide an object which is being hoisted or lowered; a rope which holds in place the end of a boom, spar, or yard in a ship; a chain or wire rope connecting a suspension bridge with the land on either side to prevent lateral swaying; a rod or rope attached to the top of a structure, as of a derrick, and extending obliquely to the ground, where it is fastened.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

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