from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A floating object attached to the end of a harpoon line to slow a whale down and prevent it from diving.
  • n. A type of bag pulled behind a boat to stop it from broaching to.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The 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.
  • n. Same as drag, 1, .

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Perhaps alteration of drag (influenced by obsolete drogue, drug).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Origin uncertain; probably related to drag in some way.


  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • "If we had two more in our party, I'd put Jake in a moving box with guns on every side of him. Since we don't, we'll move in column--me first, Jake pushing Susannah behind, and you on drogue." From The Wastelands by Stephen King.

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  • "'Let her go and veer away,' he said, and the spritsail course, its clews stopped, dropped into the sea over her blind quarter, acting as a drogue. It checked her speed, but not too obviously..."

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    A Sea of Words: "A contrivance, such as a wooden bucket, attached to the end of a harpoon line to check the progress of a whale when it is running or sounding. A submerged sail dragged to slow a sailing vessel." (178)

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