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ice anchor

a large, hooklike device for setting in ice to anchor a vessel or to provide a hold for a hawser in warping it along.
Also called ice drag.
Origin of ice anchor
1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The cable and the ice-anchor, the latter a heavy piece of iron, shaped like the letter S, excited much interest.

  • Then began a heart-breaking task of warping through the pack with ice-anchor, cable and winch.

  • Shortly before noon further progress was barred by heavy pack, and we put an ice-anchor on the floe and banked the fires.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • It condescendingly offered to do tugboat service for the "Advance," and invited its captain to throw aboard an ice-anchor.

    North-Pole Voyages Zachariah Atwell Mudge
  • It came sailing swiftly by, and into it they planted an ice-anchor attached to a tow line.

    North-Pole Voyages Zachariah Atwell Mudge

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