anchor ball

noun

Definition of anchor ball 

1 : a projectile with grappling hooks attached used in the lifesaving service to fire into the rigging of wrecked vessels

2 : a black ball displayed in the rigging between bow and foremast by a vessel at anchor in or near a channel

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First Known Use of anchor ball

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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