What does the word Kedge mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by W.H.G. Kingston