Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To turn (a square-rigged ship) about on the heel by bracing the sails aback.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • to veer (a ship) round on her heel when it is impracticable to tack.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb (Naut.) To put (a vessel) on the other tack by veering her short round on her heel; -- so called from the circumstance of bracing the head yards abox (i. e., sharp aback, on the wind).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb nautical To bring a square-rigged ship onto a new tack by hauling back the foresails whilst steering hard round

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[box, to confine, reverse + haul.]

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