Definition of paravane in English:

paravane

noun

  • A device towed behind a boat at a depth regulated by its vanes or planes, so that the cable to which it is attached can cut the moorings of submerged mines.

    ‘However, upon closer inspection it turned out to be a paravane, a towed device used for sweeping moored mines.’

Origin

Early 20th century from para-‘protecting’ + vane.

Pronunciation

paravane

/ˈparəveɪn/