luff definition

  • noun:
    • The act of sailing closer in to the wind.
    • The forward part of a fore-and-aft sail.
    • Archaic The fullest part of the bow of a ship.
    • The vertical edge of a sail which closest towards course for the wind.
    • along side it of a ship toward the wind.
    • The act of sailing a ship near the wind.
    • The roundest section of a ship's bow.
    • The forward or weather leech of a sail, particularly of the jib, spanker, and other fore-and-aft sails.
    • A variant of loof.
    • The wooden situation when the light is carried when you look at the recreation of lowbelling.
    • Nautical
    • The fullest and broadest part of a vessel's bow; the loof.
    • The weather-gage, or section of a ship toward the wind.
    • The sailing of a ship near to the wind.
    • The weather section of a fore-and-aft sail, and/or part next the mast or stay that its connected.
    • A luff-tackle.
    • Lieutenant: as, he could be very first luff.
    • (nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail this is certainly beside the mast
    • the act of cruising near the wind
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To steer a sailing vessel closer to the wind, particularly using the sails flapping.
    • To flap while dropping wind. Applied of a sail.
    • to show your head of a vessel toward the wind; to sail nearer the wind; to turn the tiller so as to result in the vessel sail nearer the wind.
    • To flutter or shake from being aligned close to the path for the wind; -- stated of a sail.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To sail (a vessel, such a yacht) closer into the wind during a race to be able to prevent an opponent's art from passing on windward side.
    • to boost or lower (the boom of a crane or derrick).
  • verb:
    • To shake because being cut incorrectly.
    • To alter training course to windward so the sails luff. (as an alternative luff up)
    • to change the straight direction of the jib of a crane to be able to take it degree with all the load.
    • sail near to the wind
    • flap once the wind is blowing equally on both edges
  • others:
    • Naut., to carry your head of (a vessel) nearer into the wind.
    • To steer or come nearer to the wind.
    • To raise (the increase of a derrick).

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