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 for Drift sail
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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        (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.
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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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drift \Drift\, a.
     That causes drifting or that is drifted; movable by wind or
     currents; as, drift currents; drift ice; drift mud. --Kane.
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     Drift anchor. See Sea anchor, and also Drag sail, under
        Drag, n.
     Drift epoch (Geol.), the glacial epoch.
     Drift net, a kind of fishing net.
     Drift sail. Same as Drag sail. See under Drag, n.
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