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[par-uh-veyn] /ˈpær əˌveɪn/
an underwater defensive device against mines, consisting of a pair of torpedo-shaped vanes towed at the bow of a ship, usually a minesweeper, by cables that can cut the cable of a moored mine, causing the mine to rise to the surface, where it can be destroyed or removed from the water.
Origin of paravane
First recorded in 1915-20; para-1 + vane Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The mine cable slides along the paravane cable and in this way is carried clear of the ship's hull.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • In some forms of paravane there is a hinged jaw which is operated from the ship to shear the cable.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • A careful study of Fig. 30 will show how this is prevented by the deflecting wires of the paravane.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
British Dictionary definitions for paravane


a torpedo-shaped device towed from the bow of a vessel so that the cables will cut the anchors of any moored mines
Word Origin
C20: from para-² + vane
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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