from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, to shoot ahead, as a sailing vessel during the evolution of tacking.


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  • That we were gradually overhauling the chase was evident from the fact that we were slowly raising her, while she was unable to head-reach upon us; and at sunset we could see the foot of her topsail from the deck while she had not altered her bearing from us by so much as a quarter point since we had last hauled our wind.

    A Middy in Command A Tale of the Slave Squadron

  • When we again had time to take a glance to leeward at the "Vigilant," we discovered that well-named craft bowling along under whole canvas, and evidently trying her hardest to head-reach upon us.

    Under the Meteor Flag Log of a Midshipman during the French Revolutionary War

  • When almost within head-reach of the fastenings by which the mules are held, one of the latter slews suddenly round, and sends her heels in a well-directed fling against the head of the foremost horse!

    The Wild Huntress Love in the Wilderness

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