American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A light anchor used for warping a vessel.
- v. To warp (a vessel) by means of a light anchor.
- v. To move by means of a light anchor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To warp, as a ship; move by means of a light cable or hawser attached to an anchor, as in a river.
- To move by being pulled along with the aid of an anchor.
- n. A small anchor with an iron stock. Its principal use is to hold a ship steady when riding in a harbor or river, and to keep her clear of her bower-anchor, particularly at the turn of the tide. It is also used in moving the ship from one part of a harbor to another in warping or kedging. Kedges are also used as ordinary anchors for boats and smaller vessels.
- Brisk; lively.
- Stout; potbellied.
- Also kedgy.
- To fill; stuff.
- n. nautical A small anchor used for warping a vessel; also called a kedge anchor.
- n. Yorkshire A glutton.
- v. transitive To warp (a vessel) by carrying out a kedge in a boat, dropping it overboard, and hauling the vessel up to it.
- v. intransitive, of a vessel To move with the help of a kedge, as described above.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Perhaps an alteration of cadge. (Wiktionary)
- From kedge, to warp a vessel, perhaps from Middle English caggen, to tie, perhaps of Scandinavian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In a sacred corner (as soon as ever we could attend to any thing) we hung up the leathern bag of tools, which had done much more toward saving the life of Uncle Sam than I did; for this had served as a kind of kedge, or drag, upon his little craft, retarding it from the great roll of billows, in which he must have been drowned outright.”
“Man the boat, sir, and carry out the kedge, which is still in it, and lay it off here, about three p'ints on our larboard bow. ”
“That leaking boat needs another anchor to insure its final destruction and Sarah is a one ton kedge. bea”
“I shall do to-morrow, the first thing — run out a light anchor and kedge the schooner off the beach.”
“I found a light kedge anchor in the fore-hold, where such things were kept; and with a deal of exertion got it on deck and into the boat.”
“Macdonough then used his preset kedge anchors to spin his ship around in place and bring his other broadside to bear.”
“Madge, be sure to kedge around the side of that CCC.”
“WV: kedge v; to frost to a depth of 1 inch or more.”
“Both anchors had broken, so the ‘Aurora’ had now one small kedge – anchor left aboard.”
“This notion Bates declared to be correct, and further pointed out that the mutineers had got out a kedge – anchor, and by hauling on the kedge – line, were gradually warping the brig down the harbour.”
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