- 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.
Origin of sea anchor
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for sea anchor
We had a tripping line on it, so we tripped the sea-anchor and hauled it in.The Cruise of the Snark
That sea-anchor is overboard, and we're able to keep fairly clear of water.Under the Star-Spangled Banner
F. S. Brereton
At daylight we found our sea-anchor and the rudder had both gone.The Fleets Behind the Fleet
W. MacNeile (William MacNeile) Dixon
Within the hour all canvas had to be furled and the sea-anchor streamed.The Messenger
The heavy painter had been lost when the sea-anchor went adrift.South!
Sir Ernest Shackleton
- 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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