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sea anchor

noun, Nautical.
any of various devices, as a drogue, that have great resistance to being pulled through the water and are dropped forward of a vessel at the end of a cable to hold the bow into the wind or sea during a storm.
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1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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sea anchor

(nautical) any device, such as a bucket or canvas funnel, dragged in the water to keep a vessel heading into the wind or reduce drifting
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