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kedge

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verb \ ˈkej \

Definition of kedge

kedged; kedging
transitive verb
:to move (a ship) by means of a line attached to a small anchor dropped at the distance and in the direction desired
intransitive verb
:to move a ship by kedging

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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 and Etymology of kedge

Middle English caggen


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kedge

noun

Definition of kedge

:a small anchor used especially in kedging

First Known Use of kedge

1765


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