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A device equipped with sharp teeth and towed alongside a ship to cut the mooring cables of submerged mines.
[From its having vanes to keep it at a constant depth.]
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a torpedo-shaped device towed from the bow of a vessel so that the cables will cut the anchors of any moored mines
[C20: from para-2 + vane]
a device towed at the bow of a ship for cutting the moorings of underwater mines, allowing them to rise to the surface and be destroyed.