sea anchor


plural sea anchors
: a drag (see drag entry 1 sense 4a) typically made of canvas that is thrown overboard to slow the drifting of a ship or seaplane and to keep its bow or nose to the wind

Examples of sea anchor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But it will be held down by a long fin below the surface that serves as a sea anchor. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 28 Sep. 2023 If they weren’t cut, the chutes would act as a sea anchor, drawing the crew down and drowning them., 15 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sea anchor was in 1769

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Cite this Entry

“Sea anchor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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