American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of sailing closer into the wind.
- n. The forward side of a fore-and-aft sail.
- n. Archaic The fullest part of the bow of a ship.
- v. To steer a sailing vessel closer into the wind, especially with the sails flapping.
- v. To flap while losing wind. Used of a sail.
- v. To sail (a vessel, such as a yacht) closer into the wind during a race so as to prevent an opponent's craft from passing on the windward side.
- v. To raise or lower (the boom of a crane or derrick).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variant of loof.
- n. The wooden case in which the light is carried in the sport of lowbelling.
- n. Nautical
- n. The fullest and broadest part of a vessel's bow; the loof.
- n. The weather-gage, or part of a ship toward the wind.
- n. The sailing of a ship close to the wind.
- n. The weather part of a fore-and-aft sail, or the side next the mast or stay to which it is attached.
- n. A luff-tackle.
- Naut., to bring the head of (a vessel) nearer to the wind.
- To steer or come nearer to the wind.
- n. Lieutenant: as, he is first luff.
- To lift (the boom of a derrick).
- n. nautical The vertical edge of a sail that is closest to the direction of the wind.
- v. nautical, of a sail, intransitive To shake due to being trimmed improperly.
- v. nautical, of a boat, intransitive To alter course to windward so that the sails luff. (Alternatively luff up)
- v. mechanical To alter the vertical angle of the jib of a crane so as to bring it level with the load.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The side of a ship toward the wind.
- n. The act of sailing a ship close to the wind.
- n. The roundest part of a ship's bow.
- n. The forward or weather leech of a sail, especially of the jib, spanker, and other fore-and-aft sails.
- v. (Naut.) To turn the head of a vessel toward the wind; to sail nearer the wind; to turn the tiller so as to make the vessel sail nearer the wind.
- v. (Naut.) To flutter or shake from being aligned close to the direction of the wind; -- said of a sail.
- n. (nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the mast
- v. sail close to the wind
- v. flap when the wind is blowing equally on both sides
- n. the act of sailing close to the wind
- Middle English lof, spar holding out the windward tack of a square sail, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Captain Vernon appeared on deck, and, addressing the second "luff," said.”
“Old junk, however, can yet be "worked up," as the sea expression goes, into other uses, and that perhaps was what Mr. Oldjunk meant; his early adventures as a young "luff" were, for economical reasons, worked up into their present literary shape, with the addition of a certain amount of extraneous matter -- love-making, and the like.”
“You can do as you like about that," said Captain Gillespie, turning on his heel and calling the watch to tauten the lee-braces a bit, telling the men at the wheel at the same time to "luff" more; "but, you'd better let the chap have a good lie-in to-night and put him in the port watch to-morrow so that Mr Mackay can look after him.”
“It was the same on board the steamer, the watch being visited at frequent intervals by the lieutenant and his subordinate, to the great surprise of the men, who wondered what made the "luff" so fidgety.”
“When the man at the wheel had gone through the nautical evolution involved in "luff," the captain turned to his son and said abruptly -- "We'll run for the Cocos-Keelin 'Islands, Nigel, an' refit.”
“When the man at the wheel had gone through the nautical evolution involved in "luff," the captain turned to his son and said abruptly --”
“The poetry of the first line announces the tone -- "He is awake before daylight greases the black pan of the sky" -- and the verbs play with the reader ( "luff" and "susses").”
“T would be 'luff' and 'keep her away' every half minute or so, should we attempt to beat up among 'em; and who is there aboard here to brace up, and haul aft, and ease off, and to swing yards sich as our'n? ”
“And then, and not until then, did I luff up and ease out the main-sheet.”
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