American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A device equipped with sharp teeth and towed alongside a ship to cut the mooring cables of submerged mines.
- From para- + vane (Wiktionary)
- From its having vanes to keep it at a constant depth. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She gets ousted on "paravane," after wrangling with it for several awkward moments.”
“A paravane is made up of a strong steel hawser (rope) that serves as a fender, and of two razor-edged blades that serve to cut the mine-moorings free.”
“Dragging a paravane through the water made the ship go slow.”
“The only safeguard a ship could carry was a paravane.”
“A paravane makes contact with an explosive mine, and it is blown up: the paravane is destroyed, but the ship itself is safe because it has been destroyed.”
“The sea yielded futtock shrouds, euphroes, baggywrinkles, and paravane skegs.”
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