Native English speakers, what does it mean to 'deploy' something?

Sorry I can't really understand these online dictionary definitions for 'deploy'

What does it mean to deploy something like a parachute or an airbag? What does it mean in this particular context below?

"Kelly scrambled along the portside to deploy all the rubber fenders."

Well above context relates to boating/sailing. A rubber fender is like a number that absorbs collision especially against another boat or when berthing at the docks. But my question is what does it mean that he had to 'deploy' ??

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  • Lili
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago
    Best Answer

    The simplest explanation is that it simply means to put it into use, to put it into action.

    An airbag deploys without human agency, automatically. A person has to deploy a parachute.

  • 3 weeks ago

    To set something up ready to use. It can also mean simply 'use' - the idea of 'setting up' isn't always essential.

    EDIT to add: In the context of this story, he was releasing the fenders, making sure they were all in position before he needed them.

  • Gerald
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Deploy is to put in place for a purpose, and can be anything soldiers barriers ships people anything

  • 3 weeks ago

    To set up ready for use. It tends to be used in those contexts because it's connected to the idea of unfolding.

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  • .
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    To put something in a position for proper functioning. It's a word used for devices that need to be activated in some way like a parachute.

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