EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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
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In some forms of
paravane there is a hinged jaw which is operated from the ship to shear the cable.
The mine cable slides along the
paravane cable and in this way is carried clear of the ship's hull.
A careful study of Fig. 30 will show how this is prevented by the deflecting wires of the
paravane. British Dictionary definitions for paravane noun 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 for paravane
para- ² + vane
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