noun Etymology: probably from French para- warding off (as in parachute) + English vane Date: 1919 a torpedo-shaped protective device with serrate teeth in its forward end used underwater by a ship in mined areas to sever the moorings of mines

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  • Paravane — may refer to:* Operation Paravane, a World War II operation * Paravane (water kite), a towed winged underwater object * Paravane (weapon), a minesweeper …   Wikipedia

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  • paravane — [par′ə vān΄] n. [ PARA 1 + VANE] either of a pair of torpedo shaped devices which, in conjunction with the cables by which they are towed from the bow of a ship, are used to cut the moorings of submerged mines, allowing them to surface and be… …   English World dictionary

  • paravane — a flat board used in angling and commercial fishing to make the line shear laterally or downward. Lateral shearing enables two lines to be towed behind a boat and downward shearing helps send the baited hook into deep water. Also called shearing… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • paravane — /par euh vayn /, n. an underwater defensive device against mines, consisting of a pair of torpedo shaped vanes towed at the bow of a ship, usually a minesweeper, by cables that can cut the cable of a moored mine, causing the mine to rise to the… …   Universalium

  • paravane — noun a) A device, stabilized with vanes, towed alongside a vessel such that the cable attaching it cuts the moorings of submerged mines. b) A towed underwater object with hydrofoils, of diverse uses Syn: water kite …   Wiktionary

  • paravane — noun a device towed behind a boat at a depth regulated by its vanes or planes, used to cut the moorings of submerged mines …   English new terms dictionary

  • paravane — para·vane …   English syllables

  • paravane — par•a•vane [[t]ˈpær əˌveɪn[/t]] n. mil a device towed at the bow of a ship for cutting the moorings of underwater mines, allowing them to rise to the surface and be destroyed • Etymology: 1915–20; appar. para II+vane …   From formal English to slang

  • paravane — /ˈpærəveɪn/ (say paruhvayn) noun a device towed behind a boat, usually a minesweeper, at a depth regulated by a pair of torpedo shaped vanes (vane def. 3), so that the cables to which it is attached can cut the moorings of a submerged mine that… …   Australian English dictionary

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