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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kedge \Kedge\ (k[e^]j), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kedged (k[e^]jd); p. pr. & vb. n. Kedging.] [Cf. dial. Sw. keka to tug, to drag one's self slowly forward; or perh. fr. ked, and kedge, n., for keg anchor, named from the keg or cask fastened to the anchor to show where it lies.] (Naut.) To move (a vessel) by carrying out a kedge in a boat, dropping it overboard, and hauling the vessel up to it. [1913 Webster]