American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical See sea anchor.
- n. A drogue parachute.
- n. A funnel-shaped or cone-shaped device towed behind an aircraft as a target.
- n. A funnel-shaped device at the end of the hose of a tanker aircraft, used as a stabilizer and receptacle for the probe of a receiving aircraft, as in refueling.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The drag, an implement, used to check the progress of a running whale by being bent on to the drogue-iron. It is made in various ways. A common drogue is made of two pieces of board, 12 or 14 inches square, nailed together, with sometimes a third upright piece, to which the drogue-lashing is made fast. Another is made like a small wooden tub with an upright to which the lashing is bent on. Also
- n. Same as drag, 1, .
- n. A floating object attached to the end of a harpoon line to slow a whale down and prevent it from diving.
- n. nautical A type of bag pulled behind a boat to stop it from broaching to.
- n. aeronautics A conical basket or fabric construction used variously as a type of brake for some kinds of aircraft, a target for gunnery practice, and as a docking point for aerial refuelling.
- n. A wind cone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) See drag, n., 6, and Drag sail, under drag, n.
- n. a small parachute dragged behind a vehicle as a means of stabilizing it, or deployed first so as to assist opening of a larger parachute.
- n. a funnel-shaped attachment at the end of a hose suspended from a tanker airplane in flight, to which the probe of another airplane may connect, so as to complete a connecting hose line through which fuel may be transferred from the tanker to the following airplane. It is used for in-flight refueling.
- n. restraint consisting of a canvas covered frame that floats behind a vessel; prevents drifting or maintains the heading into a wind
- n. a funnel-shaped device towed as a target by an airplane
- n. a truncated cloth cone mounted on a mast; used (e.g., at airports) to show the direction of the wind
- n. a parachute used to decelerate an object that is moving rapidly
- Origin uncertain; probably related to drag in some way. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps alteration of drag (influenced by obsolete drogue, drug). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This “basket,” as aviators call the drogue, holds the hose steady in flight and helps the pilot seeking fuel guide the refueling probe to its target.”
“Probe-and-drogue refueling has been around since the 1940s. but no-one has attempted it with unmanned aircraft at high altitude (up to 60,000ft) and low speed (160ft), where deploying and stabilizing the drogue will be a challenge because of the low air density and dynamic pressure.”
“Tonight we might — we might fix some kind of drogue to her bottom.”
“Soon he signaled us that he was nearly out of line, and two or three minutes after, he bent on his "drogue" (a square piece of plank with a rope tail spliced into its center, and considered to hinder a whale's progress at least as much as four boats) and let go the end.”
“This consisted of a small 6 feet (2 m) stabilizer or "drogue" parachute, designed to prevent uncontrolled spinning at high altitudes, and a 28 ft (8.5 m) main parachute that deployed at a lower altitude.”
“drogue" (a square piece of plank with a rope tail spliced into its centre, and considered to hinder a whale's progress at least as much as four boats), and let go the end.”
“A small drogue chute peeked out of the pack and began to extract the rest of the material.”
“In the U.K., Cobham PLC will provide the hose and drogue aerial refueling system for Boeing's KC-46A.”
“The high-regen mode seems to deploy a silken drogue chute behind the car.”
“Inside the boathouse there is the check of items to take, such as oars, key to the padlocked boat, rowlocks and a drogue.”
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