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kedge

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The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world.
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English

Etymology

Perhaps an alteration of cadge.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to kedge

Third person singular
kedg

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to kedge (third-person singular simple present kedg, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To warp (a vessel) by carrying out a kedge in a boat, dropping it overboard, and hauling the vessel up to it.
  2. (intransitive) (of a vessel) To move with the help of a kedge, as described above.
    • 1911, Harry Collingwood, "Overdue":
      ...there was a stretch of twelve miles of channel running in a north-easterly direction which the ship could not possibly negotiate under sail unless a change of wind should occur — of which there seemed to be absolutely no prospect. The only alternative, therefore, would be to kedge those twelve miles; truly a most formidable undertaking for four persons — one of them being a girl — to attempt.

Translations

Noun

Singular
kedge

Plural
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  1. (nautical) A small anchor used for warping a vessel (also called kedge anchor).
    • 1896, J.C. Hutcheson, "Young Tom Bowling":
      The chaps who had gone off in the cutter had been equally spry with their job, bending on a stout hemp hawser through the ring of the kedge anchor, which they dropped some half a cable's length from the brig, bringing back the other end aboard, where it was put round the capstan on the forecastle.
  2. (Yorkshire) A glutton

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