To drag an anchor

Drag Drag, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dragged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dragging}.] [OE. draggen; akin to Sw. dragga to search with a grapnel, fr. dragg grapnel, fr. draga to draw, the same word as E. draw. ? See {Draw}.] 1. To draw slowly or heavily onward; to pull along the ground by main force; to haul; to trail; -- applied to drawing heavy or resisting bodies or those inapt for drawing, with labor, along the ground or other surface; as, to drag stone or timber; to drag a net in fishing. [1913 Webster]

Dragged by the cords which through his feet were thrust. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

The grossness of his nature will have weight to drag thee down. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

A needless Alexandrine ends the song That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To break, as land, by drawing a drag or harrow over it; to harrow; to draw a drag along the bottom of, as a stream or other water; hence, to search, as by means of a drag. [1913 Webster]

Then while I dragged my brains for such a song. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. To draw along, as something burdensome; hence, to pass in pain or with difficulty. [1913 Webster]

Have dragged a lingering life. -- Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{To drag an anchor} (Naut.), to trail it along the bottom when the anchor will not hold the ship.

Syn: See {Draw}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Drag — Drag, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dragged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dragging}.] [OE. draggen; akin to Sw. dragga to search with a grapnel, fr. dragg grapnel, fr. draga to draw, the same word as E. draw. ? See {Draw}.] 1. To draw slowly or heavily onward; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drag anchor — Drag Drag, n. [See {Drag}, v. t., and cf. {Dray} a cart, and 1st {Dredge}.] 1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged. [1913 Webster] 2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drag — Drag, n. [See {Drag}, v. t., and cf. {Dray} a cart, and 1st {Dredge}.] 1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged. [1913 Webster] 2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for drowned… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drag sail — Drag Drag, n. [See {Drag}, v. t., and cf. {Dray} a cart, and 1st {Dredge}.] 1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged. [1913 Webster] 2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drag sheet — Drag Drag, n. [See {Drag}, v. t., and cf. {Dray} a cart, and 1st {Dredge}.] 1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged. [1913 Webster] 2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drag twist — Drag Drag, n. [See {Drag}, v. t., and cf. {Dray} a cart, and 1st {Dredge}.] 1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged. [1913 Webster] 2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor escapement — Anchor escapement. The anchor and escape wheel of a late 19th century clock …   Wikipedia

  • drag — /drag/, v., dragged, dragging, n., adj. v.t. 1. to draw with force, effort, or difficulty; pull heavily or slowly along; haul; trail: They dragged the carpet out of the house. 2. to search with a drag, grapnel, or the like: They dragged the lake… …   Universalium

  • anchor — [aŋ′kər] n. [ME anker < OE ancor < L anc(h)ora < Gr ankyra, an anchor, hook < IE base * ank , to bend > ANKLE] 1. a heavy object, usually a shaped iron weight with flukes, lowered by cable or chain to the bottom of a body of water… …   English World dictionary

  • Drag — Drag, v. i. 1. To be drawn along, as a rope or dress, on the ground; to trail; to be moved onward along the ground, or along the bottom of the sea, as an anchor that does not hold. [1913 Webster] 2. To move onward heavily, laboriously, or slowly; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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