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sea anchor

noun, Nautical
any of various devices, as a drogue, that have great resistance to being pulled through the water and are dropped forward of a vessel at the end of a cable to hold the bow into the wind or sea during a storm.
Origin of sea anchor
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • That sea-anchor is overboard, and we're able to keep fairly clear of water.

  • We had a tripping line on it, so we tripped the sea-anchor and hauled it in.

  • The mainmast dragged by a tangle of ropes aft of the starboard beam and was acting as a sort of sea-anchor.

    The Adventure Club Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • At daylight we found our sea-anchor and the rudder had both gone.

    The Fleets Behind the Fleet W. MacNeile (William MacNeile) Dixon
  • Moran had been inspired to use the swamped boat as a sea-anchor, fastening her to the schooner's bow instead of to the stern.

  • Within the hour all canvas had to be furled and the sea-anchor streamed.

    The Messenger Elizabeth Robins
  • We attached a big timber as a float, and dropped the sea-anchor over again.

  • A drag or sea-anchor, usually made of canvas and cone-shaped, is attached to the end of this rope.

  • So we made a sea-anchor of oars and hove to, the Dudley Docker in the lead, since she had the longest painter.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Imagine a hoop of steel that serves to keep open the mouth of a large, conical, canvas bag, and you have a sea-anchor.

British Dictionary definitions for sea-anchor

sea anchor

(nautical) any device, such as a bucket or canvas funnel, dragged in the water to keep a vessel heading into the wind or reduce drifting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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