from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical See sea anchor.
- n. A drogue parachute.
- n. A funnel-shaped or cone-shaped device towed behind an aircraft as a target.
- n. A funnel-shaped device at the end of the hose of a tanker aircraft, used as a stabilizer and receptacle for the probe of a receiving aircraft, as in refueling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A floating object attached to the end of a harpoon line to slow a whale down and prevent it from diving.
- n. A type of bag pulled behind a boat to stop it from broaching to.
- n. A conical basket or fabric construction used variously as a type of brake for some kinds of aircraft, a target for gunnery practice, and as a docking point for aerial refuelling.
- n. A wind cone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See drag, n., 6, and Drag sail, under drag, n.
- n. a small parachute dragged behind a vehicle as a means of stabilizing it, or deployed first so as to assist opening of a larger parachute.
- n. a funnel-shaped attachment at the end of a hose suspended from a tanker airplane in flight, to which the probe of another airplane may connect, so as to complete a connecting hose line through which fuel may be transferred from the tanker to the following airplane. It is used for in-flight refueling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The drag, an implement, used to check the progress of a running whale by being bent on to the drogue-iron.
- n. Same as drag, 1, .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. restraint consisting of a canvas covered frame that floats behind a vessel; prevents drifting or maintains the heading into a wind
- n. a funnel-shaped device towed as a target by an airplane
- n. a truncated cloth cone mounted on a mast; used (e.g., at airports) to show the direction of the wind
- n. a parachute used to decelerate an object that is moving rapidly
Perhaps alteration of drag (influenced by obsolete drogue, drug).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain; probably related to drag in some way. (Wiktionary)