One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A conical or funnel-shaped device with open ends, towed behind a boat, aircraft, or other moving object to reduce speed or improve stability.
- ‘‘When a storm hits, we'll put the drogue out, batten down and see it out,’ said Tim.’
- ‘The winch would have to have some kind of rewind capability and a small drogue to ensure it couldn't recoil into the tug's propeller.’
- ‘This led us to believe lighting had hit the HF-trailing-wire antenna and the drogue that drags the wire behind the aircraft was lost.’
- ‘The Viking crew verified the trailing-wire antenna was in and the drogue seated.’
- ‘I fly fast approaches 99% of the time but in Croatia I was amazed at how secure this wing executed slow RLF approaches with and without a drogue.’
- 1.1 An object resembling a drogue, used as an aerial target for gunnery practice or as a windsock.
- ‘Most of our aerial gunnery exercises consisted of firing at a drogue or target (a canvas cylinder approximately 12 feet long and 4 feet in diameter) which was towed about a hundred yards behind the single engined, high winged Lysander plane.’
- 1.2 (in tanker aircraft) a funnel-shaped part on the end of the hose into which a probe is inserted by an aircraft being refuelled in flight.
- ‘The 767 aircraft can be modified to accommodate refuelling wingpods and a centreline hose for probe and drogue refuelling.’
- ‘A shuttlecock drogue can be trailed behind the boom and used to refuel aircraft equipped with refuelling probes.’
- ‘We disengaged the drogue and moved to the right side of our lead's aircraft.’
- ‘The drogue itself is fitted with small lights around the perimeter to help night operations.’
- ‘In the drill the second aircraft plugs its fuel connection pipe into the fuel drogue trailed by the lead aircraft.’
- 1.3 A small parachute used as a brake or to pull out a larger parachute or other object from an aircraft in flight or a fast-moving vehicle.
- ‘To pull the drogue, I hook the ring with my thumb.’
- ‘Until 4 July, few people checked the line between the drogue and the main parachute.’
- ‘Drifting free like this is ok in a gentle breeze but if the wind is a little stronger, a drogue may be needed.’
- ‘Then he loses the drogue and deploys a parafoil-type chute under which he glides the capsule all the way to the ground.’
Early 18th century (originally a whaling term denoting a piece of stout board attached to a harpoon line, used to slow down or mark the position of a harpooned whale): perhaps related to drag.
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