1. Nautical See sea anchor.
2. A drogue parachute.
3. A funnel-shaped or cone-shaped device towed behind an aircraft as a target.
4. A funnel-shaped device at the end of the hose of a tanker aircraft, used as a stabilizer and receptacle for the probe of a receiving aircraft, as in refueling.
[Perhaps alteration of DRAG (influenced by obsolete drogue, drug).]
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