Kedge

Part of speech: noun

A light anchor.

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Usage examples "kedge":

  1. A kedge, the unprofessional must know, is a light anchor, dropped for a momentary stop, or to haul a ship ahead, the title being in so far very consonant to the object of instruction; whereas the sheet- anchor is the great and last stand- by of a vessel, let go as a final resource after the two big " bowers," which constitute the usual reliance. - "From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life", Captain A. T. Mahan.
  2. Seeing this, the captain ordered a kedge to be carried out to warp her off; which, as she hung very lightly, could easily be done. - "Old Jack", W.H.G. Kingston.
  3. The launch and cutter were now hoisted out, and I jumped into the first to carry out the kedge- anchor, with two hawsers, in order to warp the ship clear. - "The Loss of the Royal George", W.H.G. Kingston.