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 for floating anchor
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Floating \Float"ing\, a.
     1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a
        wreck; floating motes in the air.
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     2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating
        ribs in man and some other animals.
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     3. Not funded; not fixed, invested, or determined; as,
        floating capital; a floating debt.
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              Trade was at an end. Floating capital had been
              withdrawn in great masses from the island.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     Floating anchor (Naut.), a drag or sea anchor; drag sail.
        
  
     Floating battery (Mil.), a battery erected on rafts or the
        hulls of ships, chiefly for the defense of a coast or the
        bombardment of a place.
  
     Floating bridge.
        (a) A bridge consisting of rafts or timber, with a floor
            of plank, supported wholly by the water; a bateau
            bridge. See Bateau.
        (b) (Mil.) A kind of double bridge, the upper one
            projecting beyond the lower one, and capable of being
            moved forward by pulleys; -- used for carrying troops
            over narrow moats in attacking the outworks of a fort.
        (c) A kind of ferryboat which is guided and impelled by
            means of chains which are anchored on each side of a
            stream, and pass over wheels on the vessel, the wheels
            being driven by stream power.
        (d) The landing platform of a ferry dock.
  
     Floating cartilage (Med.), a cartilage which moves freely
        in the cavity of a joint, and often interferes with the
        functions of the latter.
  
     Floating dam.
        (a) An anchored dam.
        (b) A caisson used as a gate for a dry dock.
  
     Floating derrick, a derrick on a float for river and harbor
        use, in raising vessels, moving stone for harbor
        improvements, etc.
  
     Floating dock. (Naut.) See under Dock.
  
     Floating harbor, a breakwater of cages or booms, anchored
        and fastened together, and used as a protection to ships
        riding at anchor to leeward. --Knight.
  
     Floating heart (Bot.), a small aquatic plant ({Limnanthemum
        lacunosum) whose heart-shaped leaves float on the water
        of American ponds.
  
     Floating island, a dish for dessert, consisting of custard
        with floating masses of whipped cream or white of eggs.
  
     Floating kidney. (Med.) See Wandering kidney, under
        Wandering.
  
     Floating light, a light shown at the masthead of a vessel
        moored over sunken rocks, shoals, etc., to warn mariners
        of danger; a light-ship; also, a light erected on a buoy
        or floating stage.
  
     Floating liver. (Med.) See Wandering liver, under
        Wandering.
  
     Floating pier, a landing stage or pier which rises and
        falls with the tide.
  
     Floating ribs (Anat.), the lower or posterior ribs which
        are not connected with the others in front; in man they
        are the last two pairs.
  
     Floating screed (Plastering), a strip of plastering first
        laid on, to serve as a guide for the thickness of the
        coat.
  
     Floating threads (Weaving), threads which span several
        other threads without being interwoven with them, in a
        woven fabric.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drag \Drag\, n. [See Drag, v. t., and cf. Dray a cart, and
     1st Dredge.]
     1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged.
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     2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under
        water, as in fishing, searching for drowned persons, etc.
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     3. A kind of sledge for conveying heavy bodies; also, a kind
        of low car or handcart; as, a stone drag.
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     4. A heavy coach with seats on top; also, a heavy carriage.
        [Collog.] --Thackeray.
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     5. A heavy harrow, for breaking up ground.
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     6.
        (a) Anything towed in the water to retard a ship's
            progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; esp., a
            canvas bag with a hooped mouth, so used. See Drag
            sail (below).
        (b) Also, a skid or shoe, for retarding the motion of a
            carriage wheel.
        (c) Hence, anything that retards; a clog; an obstacle to
            progress or enjoyment.
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                  My lectures were only a pleasure to me, and no
                  drag.                             --J. D.
                                                    Forbes.
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     7. Motion affected with slowness and difficulty, as if
        clogged. "Had a drag in his walk." -- Hazlitt.
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     8. (Founding) The bottom part of a flask or mold, the upper
        part being the cope.
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     9. (Masonry) A steel instrument for completing the dressing
        of soft stone.
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     10. (Marine Engin.) The difference between the speed of a
         screw steamer under sail and that of the screw when the
         ship outruns the screw; or between the propulsive effects
         of the different floats of a paddle wheel. See Citation
         under Drag, v. i., 3.
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     Drag sail (Naut.), a sail or canvas rigged on a stout
        frame, to be dragged by a vessel through the water in
        order to keep her head to the wind or to prevent drifting;
        -- called also drift sail, drag sheet, drag anchor,
        sea anchor, floating anchor, etc.
  
     Drag twist (Mining), a spiral hook at the end of a rod for
        cleaning drilled holes.
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