drift 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 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]


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  • Drift sail — Drift Drift, a. That causes drifting or that is drifted; movable by wind or currents; as, drift currents; drift ice; drift mud. Kane. [1913 Webster] {Drift anchor}. See {Sea anchor}, and also {Drag sail}, under {Drag}, n. {Drift epoch} (Geol.),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drift-sail — driftˈ sail noun A sail immersed in the water, used for lessening the drift of a vessel during a storm • • • Main Entry: ↑drift …   Useful english dictionary

  • drift sail — noun : drag sail * * * drift sail, a sea anchor made from a sail or the like …   Useful english dictionary

  • drift sail — /ˈdrɪft seɪl/ (say drift sayl) noun a sail dropped in the sea and used as a sea anchor, to help lessen the drift of a ship in a storm …   Australian English dictionary

  • Drift — Drift, a. That causes drifting or that is drifted; movable by wind or currents; as, drift currents; drift ice; drift mud. Kane. [1913 Webster] {Drift anchor}. See {Sea anchor}, and also {Drag sail}, under {Drag}, n. {Drift epoch} (Geol.), the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drift anchor — Drift Drift, a. That causes drifting or that is drifted; movable by wind or currents; as, drift currents; drift ice; drift mud. Kane. [1913 Webster] {Drift anchor}. See {Sea anchor}, and also {Drag sail}, under {Drag}, n. {Drift epoch} (Geol.),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drift epoch — Drift Drift, a. That causes drifting or that is drifted; movable by wind or currents; as, drift currents; drift ice; drift mud. Kane. [1913 Webster] {Drift anchor}. See {Sea anchor}, and also {Drag sail}, under {Drag}, n. {Drift epoch} (Geol.),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drift net — Drift Drift, a. That causes drifting or that is drifted; movable by wind or currents; as, drift currents; drift ice; drift mud. Kane. [1913 Webster] {Drift anchor}. See {Sea anchor}, and also {Drag sail}, under {Drag}, n. {Drift epoch} (Geol.),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drift — [n1] accumulation alluvion, bank, batch, bunch, bundle, clump, cluster, deposit, heap, hill, lot, mass, mound, mountain, parcel, pile, set, shock, stack; concepts 432,524 drift [n2] meaning, significance of communication aim, design, direction,… …   New thesaurus

  • sail — [v] travel through water, air; glide boat, captain, cast anchor, cast off, cross, cruise, dart, drift, embark, flit, float, fly, get under way*, leave, make headway, motor, move, navigate, pilot, put to sea*, reach, run, scud, set sail, shoot,… …   New thesaurus

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