Definition of kedge in English:

kedge

Syllabification: kedge

verb

  • (With reference to a ship or boat) move by hauling in a hawser attached to a small anchor dropped at some distance: [with object]: I kedged the dinghy to the port [no object]: most of the smaller boats had to kedge for a while
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    • As at Goshen, these craft, because of the narrowness of the creek, had to be launched sideways, and then were often kedged down the creek to the bay.
    • Once we kedged our way off a mud bar on the Mystic River, the silty anchor tossed again and again till our boat glided free.
    • In beautiful sunshine and beautiful surroundings we kedged ourselves off and managed to catch the last lock of the day into the swamp.

noun

(also kedge anchor) Back to top  
  • A small anchor used to reposition a ship or boat by having the anchor’s hawser hauled in.
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    • The stern is marked by a small kedge anchor.
    • So, equipped with kedge anchors and cable, and adorned in their skin-tight diving gear, they set off.
    • The crew had run out the kedge anchor to move the vessel ahead when breaking seas interfered.

Origin

late 15th century: perhaps a specific use of dialect cadge 'bind, tie'.

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