American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Nautical To turn (a square-rigged ship) about on the heel by bracing the sails aback.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- to veer (a ship) round on her heel when it is impracticable to tack. This is effected by putting the helm a-lee, bracing the head-yards flat aback, squaring the after-yards, takinkg in the drivers, and hauling the head-sheets to windward. When the vessel begins to gather sternway the helm is shifted and the sails trimmed.
- v. nautical To bring a square-rigged ship onto a new tack by hauling back the foresails whilst steering hard round
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Naut.) To put (a vessel) on the other tack by veering her short round on her heel; -- so called from the circumstance of bracing the head yards abox (i. e., sharp aback, on the wind).
- box1, to confine, reverse + haul. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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