before the wind love

before the wind


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. in the direction of the wind and by its impulse; having the wind aft.
  • n. See under Before.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Without pausing for breath, though my heart was beating like a trip-hammer from my exertions, I sprang to the topsails, and before the wind had become too strong we had them fairly set and were coiling down.

    Chapter 17

  • Nelson bent his way back to St. Fiorenzo, where the fleet, which was in the midst of watering and refitting, had, for seven hours, the mortification of seeing him almost in possession of the enemy, before the wind would allow them to put out to his assist - ance.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • The fire raging in the fore part of his ship forced the British captain to steer Carmania before the wind so that the flames would be blown out over her bow rather than down his decks.

    Castles of Steel

  • Realizing the hopelessness of the pursuit, I filled away, threw out the main-sheet, and drove down before the wind upon the junks to leeward, where I had them at a disadvantage.

    White and Yellow

  • The little objection of the Lutheran doctors to this, was, that it must certainly be the soul of another man, born Oct. 22, 83. which was forced to sail down before the wind in that manner — inasmuch as it appeared from the register of Islaben in the county of Mansfelt, that Luther was not born in the year

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • The boat we were pursuing had squared away and was running before the wind to escape us, and, in the course of its flight, to take part in repulsing our general boat attack.

    Chapter 25

  • Running off before the wind with everything to starboard, he came about, and returned close-hauled on the port tack.

    Chapter 17

  • Canoes, many canoes, urged by paddles or sailed before the wind by the weight of the freshening



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.