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Re: [TowerTalk] root of guy wire?

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] root of guy wire?
From: W0UN -- John Brosnahan <>
Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2003 16:25:04 -0600
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At 01:43 PM 11/5/2003, 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. [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.

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