American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical A rope used to extend a sail along a spar or boom.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a rope used to haul out the tack of a jib or lower studdingsail, or the clue of a spanker.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A rope used for hauling out a sail upon a spar; -- opposite of
“a sheet, but by an "outhaul," and kept in position not by a "brace," but by the "sheet," and thereby differs from the square sails.”
“The tack pin (the pin that holds the tack of the sail to the boom) will be attached, as well as the outhaul (the line that attaches to the clew and is used to tension the foot of the sail).”
“So saying, I hurried away forward, letting go the trysail outhaul and the main-topsail halliards on my way; passing next to the fore-topsail halliards, which I also let run.”
“And as I spoke I made a dash at the trysail brails, cast them off, and proceeded to drag upon the fall of the outhaul tackle.”
“The outhaul block gave way, and the topmast studding-sail boom bent in a manner which I never before supposed a stick could bend.”
“It was soon ready, the boom topped up, preventer guys rove, and the idlers called up to man the halyards; yet such was still the force of the gale, that we were nearly an hour setting the sail; carried away the outhaul in doing it, and came very near snapping off the swinging boom.”
“The outhaul was run out on the deck, and manned by all the hands that could get hold of it.”
“Man the foresail outhaul!" shouted Terrill, through his trumpet.”
“Walk away with the outhaul!" and the after-guard ran off with the rope, which drew the sail out into its place on the gaff.”
“It was soon ready, the boom topped up, preventer guys rove, and the idlers called up to man the halyards; yet such was still the force of the gale that we were nearly an hour setting the sail; carried away the outhaul in doing it, and came very near snapping off the swinging boom.”
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