American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical A drag, usually a canvas-covered conical frame, floating behind a vessel to prevent drifting or to maintain a heading into the wind. Also called drogue.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The anchor lying toward the sea when a ship is moored.
- n. A floating anchor used at sea in a gale to keep the ship's head to the wind: same as dragsheet. Also called drift-anchor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Naut.) See Drag sail, under 4th drag.
- n. restraint consisting of a canvas covered frame that floats behind a vessel; prevents drifting or maintains the heading into a wind
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