sea anchor


Definition of sea anchor

: a drag typically of canvas thrown overboard to retard the drifting of a ship or seaplane and to keep its head to the wind

Examples of sea anchor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If they weren’t cut, the chutes would act as a sea anchor, drawing the crew down and drowning them., "He was there when it really was a moon shot, and he had to get them home safely: Steve Duin," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of sea anchor

1769, in the meaning defined above

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“Sea anchor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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