• WordNet 3.6
    • n drogue a parachute used to decelerate an object that is moving rapidly
    • n drogue restraint consisting of a canvas covered frame that floats behind a vessel; prevents drifting or maintains the heading into a wind
    • n drogue a truncated cloth cone mounted on a mast; used (e.g., at airports) to show the direction of the wind
    • n drogue a funnel-shaped device towed as a target by an airplane
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Drogue a funnel-shaped attachment at the end of a hose suspended from a tanker airplane in flight, to which the probe of another airplane may connect, so as to complete a connecting hose line through which fuel may be transferred from the tanker to the following airplane. It is used for in-flight refueling.
    • Drogue a small parachute dragged behind a vehicle as a means of stabilizing it, or deployed first so as to assist opening of a larger parachute.
    • Drogue (Naut) See Drag n., 6, and Drag sail, under Drag n.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n drogue The drag, an implement, used to check the progress of a running whale by being bent on to the drogue-iron. It is made in various ways. A common drogue is made of two pieces of board, 12 or 14 inches square, nailed together, with sometimes a third upright piece, to which the drogue-lashing is made fast. Another is made like a small wooden tub with an upright to which the lashing is bent on. Also drug.
    • n drogue Same as drag, 1, .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Drogue drōg the drag of boards, attached to the end of a harpoon-line, checking the progress of a running whale.
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In literature:

We had each bent on our drogues in the same way, when we passed our ends to one another.
"The Cruise of the Cachalot" by Frank T. Bullen
It was drogue, I say; medicine.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Was the drogue attached when the boat came up?
"The Red Eric" by R.M. Ballantyne
Again an oar went up, and the third boat bent on, adding more drogues to stop his way.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
Should wait at least ten seconds before releasing the drogue chute so I'll clear the ship.
"The Quantum Jump" by Robert Wicks
Ben identified the latter as the "drogues," that form part of the equipment of a regular whale-ship.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
Would you bury yourself alive in that wilderness, Jack Drogue?
"The Little Red Foot" by Robert W. Chambers

In news:

Last week Capsuleman did not explain how the top dome was jettisoned in order to deploy the drogue for space capsule Tycho Deep Space.
Probe-and-drogue air refueling uses drogue baskets on the ends of the tanker 's hoses and a probe on the receiver through which fuel is passed.