from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. at the hull of a ship
  • adv. Having the sails furled and the helm lashed alee, as during a storm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With the sails furled, and the helm lashed alee; -- applied to ships in a storm. See hull, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, in or into the position of a ship when her sails are furled and the helm is lashed to the lee side; in the position of a vessel when she lies to, with all her sails furled.


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  • As I have already said, the ship under her large low-reefed top-sail and fore stay-sail has been brought ahull, that is to say, she copes directly with the wind, by presenting her broad bows to the sea; and so we go on still drift, drift, continually to the south.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • Dusk is closing in on the beleaguered sailors when Jerry shouts through the wind, “We should try letting her lie ahull!”


  • The engine power seems to have little effect in the growing seas, and Tom decides to lie ahull, turning off the engine and letting the boat simply ride the waves.


  • In these conditions some skippers would never lie ahull.


  • Lying ahull is a controversial topic among sailing experts.


  • The Almeisan is drifting and surfing a bit less violently, heading in the right direction, and the sailors decide to let the vessel continue to lie ahull.


  • Now that lying ahull has proved to be disastrous, the men decide to start the engine and try to get their bow back into the seas.


  • An whele time he was rancing there smutsy floskons nodunder ycholerd for their poopishers, ahull onem Fyre maynoother endnow!

    Finnegans Wake

  • The wind is blowing hard from the north-east; and the “Chancellor” under low-reefed top-sail and fore-sail, and labouring against a heavy sea, has been obliged to be brought ahull.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • To no purpose did Curtis do everything in his power to bring the ship ahull; every effort was vain; the “Chancellor” could not bear her trysail, so there was nothing to be done but to let her go with the wind, and drift further and further from the land for which we are longing so eagerly.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor


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