para·​vane ˈper-ə-ˌvān How to pronounce paravane (audio)
: a torpedo-shaped protective device with serrate teeth in its forward end used underwater by a ship in mined areas to sever the moorings of mines

Word History


probably from French para- warding off (as in parachute) + English vane

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paravane was in 1919

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Cite this Entry

“Paravane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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