sea anchor
noun Date: 1769 a drag typically of canvas thrown overboard to retard the drifting of a ship or seaplane and to keep its head to the wind

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Sea anchor — Sea an chor (Naut.) See {Drag sail}, under 4th {Drag}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea anchor — n. a large, canvas covered frame, usually conical, let out from a ship as a drag or float to reduce drifting or to keep the ship heading into the wind …   English World dictionary

  • Sea anchor — A sea anchor, used to stabilize a boat in heavy weather, anchors not to the sea floor but to the water itself, as a kind of brake. Sea anchors are known by a number of names, such as drift anchor, drift sock, para anchor, and boat brakes. These… …   Wikipedia

  • sea 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea anchor — sea′ an chor n. navig. any of various devices that are dropped at the end of cable to hold the bow of a vessel into the wind …   From formal English to slang

  • sea anchor — /ˈsi æŋkə/ (say see angkuh) noun a floating anchor used at sea to prevent a ship from drifting or to keep its head to the wind, commonly consisting of a framed cone of canvas dragged along with its large open base towards the ship …   Australian English dictionary

  • sea anchor — Naut. 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. [1760 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • sea anchor — n. drogue, device used to hold a ship in one place while at sea …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sea-anchor — device used to hold a ship in one place while at sea …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sea anchor — the American term for the British word drogue, namely a drag, usually a canvas covered conical frame, floating behind a vessel to prevent drifting or to maintain a heading into the wind …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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