Definition of paravane in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈparəˌvān/


A device towed behind a boat at a depth regulated by its vanes or planes, so that the cable to which it is attached can cut the moorings of submerged mines.
Example sentences
  • However, upon closer inspection it turned out to be a paravane, a towed device used for sweeping moored mines.


Early 20th century: from para-2 'protecting' + vane.

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Syllabification: par·a·vane

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