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LUFF, n. The palm of the hand.

LUFF, n.

Weather-gage, or part towards the wind; or the sailing of a ship close to the wind.

LUFF, v.i. To turn the head of a ship towards the wind; to sail nearer the wind. Hence, in the imperative, luff, is an order to put the tiller on the lee-side, in order to make the ship sail nearer the wind. Luff round, or luff a-lee, is the extreme of this movement, intended to throw the ship's head into the wind. A ship is said to spring her luff, when she yields to the helm by sailing nearer the wind.




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LUFF, n. The palm of the hand.

LUFF, n.

Weather-gage, or part towards the wind; or the sailing of a ship close to the wind.

LUFF, v.i. To turn the head of a ship towards the wind; to sail nearer the wind. Hence, in the imperative, luff, is an order to put the tiller on the lee-side, in order to make the ship sail nearer the wind. Luff round, or luff a-lee, is the extreme of this movement, intended to throw the ship's head into the wind. A ship is said to spring her luff, when she yields to the helm by sailing nearer the wind.


LUFF, n.1 [Goth. lofa; Scot. loof; Ir. lav, lamh; W. law.]

The palm of the hand.


LUFF, n.2 [Fr. lof; G. loof; D. loef; Arm. loff.]

Weather-gage, or part toward the wind; or the sailing of a ship close to the wind.


LUFF, v.i. [D. loeven; Arm. loffi.]

To turn the head of a ship toward the wind; to sail nearer to the wind. Hence, in the imperative, luff, is an order to put the tiller on the lee side, in order to make the ship sail nearer the wind. Luff round, or luff a-lee, is the extreme of this movement, intended to throw the ship's head into the a wind. A ship is said to spring her luff, she yields to the helm by sailing nearer the wind. – Encyc.


Luff
  1. The side of a ship toward the wind.

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  2. 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.

    To luff round, or To luff alee, to make the extreme of this movement, for the purpose of throwing the ship's head into the wind.

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Luff

LUFF, noun The palm of the hand.

LUFF, noun

Weather-gage, or part towards the wind; or the sailing of a ship close to the wind.

LUFF, verb intransitive To turn the head of a ship towards the wind; to sail nearer the wind. Hence, in the imperative, luff is an order to put the tiller on the lee-side, in order to make the ship sail nearer the wind. luff round, or luff a-lee, is the extreme of this movement, intended to throw the ship's head into the wind. A ship is said to spring her luff when she yields to the helm by sailing nearer the wind.

LUFF'-TACKLE, noun A large tackle not destined for any particular place in the ship, but movable at pleasure.

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