kedge-anchor

kedge

[kej] Nautical.
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:
1475–85; akin to Middle English caggen to fasten; see cadge1

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kedge (kɛdʒ)
 
vb
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
 
n
2.  a light anchor, used esp for kedging
 
[C15: from caggen to fasten]

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