Paravane meaning

părə-vān
A device equipped with sharp teeth and towed alongside a ship to cut the mooring cables of submerged mines.
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Either of a pair of torpedo-shaped devices that are towed by cables from the bow of a ship and are used to cut the moorings of submerged mines.
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(nautical) A device, stabilized with vanes, towed alongside a vessel such that the cable attaching it cuts the moorings of submerged mines.
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(nautical) A towed underwater object with hydrofoils, of diverse uses.
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Origin of paravane

  • From its having vanes to keep it at a constant depth

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From para- + vane

    From Wiktionary