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[kej] /kɛdʒ/ Nautical
verb (used with object), kedged, kedging.
to warp or pull (a ship) along by hauling on the cable of an anchor carried out from the ship and dropped.
verb (used without object), kedged, kedging.
(of a ship) to move by being kedged.
Also called kedge anchor. a small anchor used in kedging.
Origin of kedge
1475-85; akin to Middle English caggen to fasten; see cadge1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for kedge
Historical Examples
  • "kedge is too smart to take it all to himself," commented Mr. Martin.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Do you see the pointed rock a little to the right of the spot where the kedge is placed?

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • "Stand by to let go the kedge," Augustin cried, eyeing them gloomily.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • It was the kedge which had been holding us, to the extent of its small ability.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • It was necessary to get the long-boat into the water to carry out the kedge.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • Among other things they had brought a kedge anchor and a hawser.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • To get her off, the launch was hoisted out, and the kedge anchor with a hawser, was put into her.

    Dick Cheveley W. H. G. Kingston
  • If it's your plan to kedge, and you think it is necessary, all right.

    Isle o' Dreams Frederick F. Moore
  • Either not stand close in, as they all expected, or let go a kedge.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson Charlotte M. Yonge
  • If, when the kedge is a-weigh, she falls off on the wrong side, let go the anchor.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
British Dictionary definitions for kedge


to draw (a vessel) along by hauling in on the cable of a light anchor that has been dropped at some distance from it, or (of a vessel) to be drawn in this fashion
a light anchor, used esp for kedging
Word Origin
C15: from caggen to fasten
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