sea anchor

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 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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  • 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 — 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 …  

  • 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 — 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

  • 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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