drogue

[drohg]
noun
1.
a bucket or canvas bag used as a sea anchor.
2.
Aeronautics.
a.
a funnel-shaped device attached to the end of a hose on a tanker aircraft for connecting with the probe of another aircraft to be refueled in flight.
b.
drogue parachute ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1715–25; earlier drug, common dialectal variant of drag

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drogue (drəʊɡ)
 
n
1.  any funnel-like device, esp one of canvas, used as a sea anchor
2.  a.  a small parachute released behind a jet aircraft to reduce its landing speed
 b.  a small parachute released before a heavier main parachute during the landing of a spacecraft
3.  a device towed behind an aircraft as a target for firing practice
4.  a funnel-shaped device on the end of the refuelling hose of a tanker aircraft, to assist stability and the location of the probe of the receiving aircraft
5.  another name for windsock
 
[C18: probably based ultimately on Old English dragan to draw]

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The remaining drifters either lost their drogue, went aground, or ceased transmitting before exiting the box.
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