Pronunciation: (gest'rōp"), [key]
1. a rope suspended from the side of a vessel or a boom as an object to which other vessels can moor, or to afford a hold for persons in such vessels.
2. a line sent out from a vessel to a fixed object or a buoy or anchor to help the vessel in warping.
3. a line, in addition to the towrope, to steady a boat in tow. Also,guest' rope".
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.