drag anchor
Drag Drag, n. [See {Drag}, v. t., and cf. {Dray} a cart, and 1st {Dredge}.] 1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged. [1913 Webster]

2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for drowned persons, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. A kind of sledge for conveying heavy bodies; also, a kind of low car or handcart; as, a stone drag. [1913 Webster]

4. A heavy coach with seats on top; also, a heavy carriage. [Collog.] --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

5. A heavy harrow, for breaking up ground. [1913 Webster]

6. (a) Anything towed in the water to retard a ship's progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; esp., a canvas bag with a hooped mouth, so used. See {Drag sail} (below). (b) Also, a skid or shoe, for retarding the motion of a carriage wheel. (c) Hence, anything that retards; a clog; an obstacle to progress or enjoyment. [1913 Webster]

My lectures were only a pleasure to me, and no drag. --J. D. Forbes. [1913 Webster]

7. Motion affected with slowness and difficulty, as if clogged. ``Had a drag in his walk.'' -- Hazlitt. [1913 Webster]

8. (Founding) The bottom part of a flask or mold, the upper part being the cope. [1913 Webster]

9. (Masonry) A steel instrument for completing the dressing of soft stone. [1913 Webster]

10. (Marine Engin.) The difference between the speed of a screw steamer under sail and that of the screw when the ship outruns the screw; or between the propulsive effects of the different floats of a paddle wheel. See Citation under {Drag}, v. i., 3. [1913 Webster]

{Drag sail} (Naut.), a sail or canvas rigged on a stout frame, to be dragged by a vessel through the water in order to keep her head to the wind or to prevent drifting; -- called also {drift sail}, {drag sheet}, {drag anchor}, {sea anchor}, {floating anchor}, etc.

{Drag twist} (Mining), a spiral hook at the end of a rod for cleaning drilled holes. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • drag-anchor — /ˈdræg æŋkə/ (say drag angkuh) noun → sea anchor …   Australian English dictionary

  • drag anchor — I. phrasal : to have the anchor fail to hold on the bottom II. noun : drag 3a (1) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Drag — Drag, n. [See {Drag}, v. t., and cf. {Dray} a cart, and 1st {Dredge}.] 1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged. [1913 Webster] 2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for drowned… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drag sail — Drag Drag, n. [See {Drag}, v. t., and cf. {Dray} a cart, and 1st {Dredge}.] 1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged. [1913 Webster] 2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drag sheet — Drag Drag, n. [See {Drag}, v. t., and cf. {Dray} a cart, and 1st {Dredge}.] 1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged. [1913 Webster] 2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drag twist — Drag Drag, n. [See {Drag}, v. t., and cf. {Dray} a cart, and 1st {Dredge}.] 1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged. [1913 Webster] 2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anchor — [aŋ′kər] n. [ME anker < OE ancor < L anc(h)ora < Gr ankyra, an anchor, hook < IE base * ank , to bend > ANKLE] 1. a heavy object, usually a shaped iron weight with flukes, lowered by cable or chain to the bottom of a body of water… …   English World dictionary

  • drag — v. & n. v. (dragged, dragging) 1 tr. pull along with effort or difficulty. 2 a tr. allow (one s feet, tail, etc.) to trail along the ground. b intr. trail along the ground. c intr. (of time etc.) go or pass heavily or slowly or tediously. 3 a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • anchor — anchorable, adj. anchorless, adj. anchorlike, adj. /ang keuhr/, n. 1. any of various devices dropped by a chain, cable, or rope to the bottom of a body of water for preventing or restricting the motion of a vessel or other floating object,… …   Universalium

  • anchor — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. berth, slip, buoy, grapnel, kedge; mainstay, safeguard; anchorman, woman, or person. v. cast anchor, moor; fix, attach, fasten; hold fast. See navigation, stability, communication, connection. II… …   English dictionary for students

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