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[kej] /kɛdʒ/ Nautical
verb (used with object), kedged, kedging.
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.
(of a ship) to move by being kedged.
Also called kedge anchor. a small anchor used in kedging.
Origin of kedge
1475-85; akin to Middle English caggen to fasten; see cadge1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Let go the kedge the vessel drifting on Risdons Island, shortened sail: 1/4 before 12 a breeze from the north-west up kedge.

  • "kedge is too smart to take it all to himself," commented Mr. Martin.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Drop it when I tell you and let the kedge go after she sheers!

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
  • Do you see the pointed rock a little to the right of the spot where the kedge is placed?

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • Better than kedge, I think: kedge's mutes dresses rusty, an' their trousis is frayed.

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
  • "Stand by to let go the kedge," Augustin cried, eyeing them gloomily.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • I know what I shall do to-morrow, the first thing—run out a light anchor and kedge the schooner off the beach.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • It was the kedge which had been holding us, to the extent of its small ability.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He had no kedge or grapple or cord, indeed, that would pretend to hold this boat against this gale.

  • It was necessary to get the long-boat into the water to carry out the kedge.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for kedge


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
a light anchor, used esp for kedging
Word Origin
C15: from caggen to fasten
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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