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kedge

[kej] /kɛdʒ/
verb (used with object), kedged, kedging.
1.
to warp or pull (a ship) along by hauling on the cable of an anchor carried out from the ship and dropped.
verb (used without object), kedged, kedging.
2.
(of a ship) to move by being kedged.
noun
3.
Also called kedge anchor. a small anchor used in kedging.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; akin to Middle English caggen to fasten; see cadge1
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Examples from the web for kedge
  • Divers will find a kedge anchor, pin rail, wheel and tiller.
  • When the schooner drifted into the breakers the kedge was let go, and luckily it caught in the rocky bottom.
British Dictionary definitions for kedge

kedge

/kɛdʒ/
verb
1.
to draw (a vessel) along by hauling in on the cable of a light anchor that has been dropped at some distance from it, or (of a vessel) to be drawn in this fashion
noun
2.
a light anchor, used esp for kedging
Word Origin
C15: from caggen to fasten
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