par|a|vane

par|a|vane «PAR uh vayn», noun.
1. a device shaped somewhat like a torpedo, with sawlike teeth at the front end and sides, towed usually as one of a pair at an angle outward from the stern of a minesweeper or destroyer so as to cut the mooring cables of mines, causing them to rise to the surface of the water at a safe distance from the ship, where they are exploded or sunk by gunfire.
2. a somewhat similar device loaded with a heavy explosive charge and linked to the vessel by a cable through which it may be exploded electrically, used against submarines.
[< para-1 + vane]

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