sea anchor

noun

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. oregonlive.com, 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of sea anchor

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea anchor was in 1769

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“Sea anchor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sea%20anchor. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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