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Meaning of sea anchor

sea' an"chor

Pronunciation: [key]
— Naut. Naut.
  1. any of various devices, as a drogue, that have great resistance to being pulled through the water and are dropped forward of a vessel at the end of a cable to hold the bow into the wind or sea during a storm.
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