from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The act of sailing closer into the wind.
- noun The forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
- noun Archaic The fullest part of the bow of a ship.
- intransitive verb To steer a sailing vessel closer into the wind, especially with the sails flapping.
- intransitive verb To flap while losing wind. Used of a sail.
- intransitive verb To sail (a vessel, such as a yacht) closer into the wind during a race so as to prevent an opponent's craft from passing on the windward side.
- intransitive verb To raise or lower (the boom of a crane or derrick).
from The Century Dictionary.
- Naut., to bring the head of (a vessel) nearer to the wind.
- To steer or come nearer to the wind.
- noun Lieutenant: as, he is first luff.
- noun A variant of
- noun The wooden case in which the light is carried in the sport of lowbelling.
- To lift (the boom of a derrick).
- noun Nautical
- noun The fullest and broadest part of a vessel's bow; the loof.
- noun The weather-gage, or part of a ship toward the wind.
- noun The sailing of a ship close to the wind.
- noun The weather part of a fore-and-aft sail, or the side next the mast or stay to which it is attached.
- noun A luff-tackle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb (Naut.) To turn the head of a vessel toward the wind; to sail nearer the wind; to turn the tiller so as to make the vessel sail nearer the wind.
- intransitive verb (Naut.) To flutter or shake from being aligned close to the direction of the wind; -- said of a sail.
- intransitive verb to make the extreme of this movement, for the purpose of throwing the ship's head into the wind.
- noun The side of a ship toward the wind.
- noun The act of sailing a ship close to the wind.
- noun The roundest part of a ship's bow.
- noun The forward or weather leech of a sail, especially of the jib, spanker, and other fore-and-aft sails.
- noun a purchase composed of a double and single block and fall, used for various purposes.
- noun a luff tackle attached to the fall of another luff tackle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun nautical The
vertical edgeof a sailthat is closest to the direction of the wind.
- verb nautical, of a sail, intransitive To
shakedue to being trimmed improperly.
- verb nautical, of a boat, intransitive To alter
courseto windwardso that the sails luff. (Alternatively luff up)
- verb mechanical To alter the vertical angle of the
jibof a craneso as to bring it level with the load.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun (nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the mast
- verb sail close to the wind
- verb flap when the wind is blowing equally on both sides
- noun the act of sailing close to the wind
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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Captain Vernon appeared on deck, and, addressing the second "luff," said.
The Congo Rovers A Story of the Slave Squadron Harry Collingwood 1886
Old junk, however, can yet be "worked up," as the sea expression goes, into other uses, and that perhaps was what Mr. Oldjunk meant; his early adventures as a young "luff" were, for economical reasons, worked up into their present literary shape, with the addition of a certain amount of extraneous matter -- love-making, and the like.
"You can do as you like about that," said Captain Gillespie, turning on his heel and calling the watch to tauten the lee-braces a bit, telling the men at the wheel at the same time to "luff" more; "but, you'd better let the chap have a good lie-in to-night and put him in the port watch to-morrow so that Mr Mackay can look after him."
Afloat at Last A Sailor Boy's Log of his Life at Sea William Heysham Overend 1874
It was the same on board the steamer, the watch being visited at frequent intervals by the lieutenant and his subordinate, to the great surprise of the men, who wondered what made the "luff" so fidgety.
Middy and Ensign George Manville Fenn 1870
When the man at the wheel had gone through the nautical evolution involved in "luff," the captain turned to his son and said abruptly -- "We'll run for the Cocos-Keelin 'Islands, Nigel, an' refit."
When the man at the wheel had gone through the nautical evolution involved in "luff," the captain turned to his son and said abruptly --
The poetry of the first line announces the tone -- "He is awake before daylight greases the black pan of the sky" -- and the verbs play with the reader ( "luff" and "susses").
'T would be 'luff' and 'keep her away' every half minute or so, should we attempt to beat up among 'em; and who is there aboard here to brace up, and haul aft, and ease off, and to swing yards sich as our'n? "
The Crater James Fenimore Cooper 1820
And then, and not until then, did I luff up and ease out the main-sheet.
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