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kedge

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verb, \ˈkej\

Definition of kedge

kedgedkedging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to move (a ship) by means of a line attached to a small anchor dropped at the distance and in the direction desired

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to move a ship by kedging



Did You Know?

In 1627, A Sea Grammar was published. In that text, Captain John Smith sailed the word kedge into the sea of the English language, and etymologists are still trying to find the exact coordinates of its origin. Many believe "cadge," meaning a "carrier" or "huckster," is hitched to "kedge" and that "cadge" was originally towed in by the Middle English word cagen ("to tie"). "Cagen" is of equestrian origin: it is strapped to the act of hitching a horse used for transporting wares.

Origin of kedge

Middle English caggen


First Known Use: 1627

Rhymes with kedge


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kedge

noun

Definition of kedge

  1. :  a small anchor used especially in kedging



1765

First Known Use of kedge

1765


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