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  • adj. Alternative form of close-hauled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Under way and moving as nearly as possible toward the direction from which the wind blows; having the sails trimmed for sailing as close to the wind as possible; -- said of a sailing vessel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, sailing as close to the wind as possible.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having the sails trimmed for sailing as close to the wind as possible


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  • If this 90-degree turn is anticipated and practiced, the helmsman will be able to come about from closehauled to close-hauled every time.

    Sailing Fundamentals

  • Mathematically, the best course to take when trying to close on a ship to windward was to keep the ship being chased right in the wind's eye, and that was where the Hotspur now found herself again, relative to the Loire, while the latter, resuming her former course, closehauled, was twenty or thirty yards nearer to her in the direction of the wind.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • I know it's not exactly a fair wind, but we shall lie closehauled most of the way.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • You have doubtless some business notion of commerce, or at least a romantic idea of ships on the ocean, their sails spread to favorable breezes, or closehauled, braving adverse gales -- joyous in fine weather, defiant in the tempest -- yes, you know or feel something about this.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 1 January 1863 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • Over the horizon to leeward was appearing a long line of ships, closehauled.

    Flying Colours

  • This task being finally accomplished, the ropes were taken off, the sails run up and the two sloops, closehauled to starboard, set about beating off shore.

    The Black Buccaneer

  • _Cocktail_ is in longitude 40° 39 'latitude 22° 50', sailing closehauled on the port tack at 8 knots in a 15-knot nor'-nor 'westerly breeze -- how soon before she sights the Azores?

    Second Plays

  • And then again to quarters; for half the day's work, or more than half, still remained to be done; and hardly were the decks cleared afresh, and the damage repaired as best it could be, when she came ranging up to leeward, as closehauled as she could.

    Great Sea Stories

  • In the end the "Reindeer" retained it, and the action began with both on the starboard tack, closehauled, the

    Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812 Volume 2

  • As the day advanced the wind decreased, and the ship closehauled was headed up towards the coast.

    The Two Supercargoes Adventures in Savage Africa


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