1) Noun. An anchor cable, especially one of rope rather than chain. It is also the rope that drags a trawl.

Rode (2) As a verb (present or past participle) it describes the behaviour of a moored vessel under the influence of wind or tide. If she is lying head to wind, she is ‘wind-rode’. If she went aground when lying head to tide, she was ‘tide-rode’ at the time.