Luff tackle
Luff Luff (l[u^]f), n. [OE. lof, prob. a sort of timber by which the course of a ship was directed, perh. a sort of paddle; cf. D. loef luff, loeven to luff. The word is perh. akin to E. glove. Cf. {Aloof}.] (Naut.) (a) The side of a ship toward the wind. (b) The act of sailing a ship close to the wind. (c) The roundest part of a ship's bow. (d) The forward or weather leech of a sail, especially of the jib, spanker, and other fore-and-aft sails. [1913 Webster]

{Luff tackle}, a purchase composed of a double and single block and fall, used for various purposes. --Totten.

{Luff upon luff}, a luff tackle attached to the fall of another luff tackle. --R. H. Dana, Jr. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • luff tackle — luff′ tack le n. naut. navig. a tackle having a double block and a single block • Etymology: 1690–1700 …   From formal English to slang

  • luff tackle — noun Etymology: luff (I) : a tackle that has a single and a double block with the standing part of the fall fixed to the single block thus multiplying the power three or four times according as the single or the double block is movable see tackle …   Useful english dictionary

  • luff tackle — Naut. a tackle having a double block and a single block, giving a mechanical advantage of three or four, neglecting friction, depending on which is the standing and which is the running block. See diag. under tackle. [1690 1700] * * * …   Universalium

  • luff tackle — /ˈlʌf tækəl/ (say luf takuhl) noun Nautical a purchase or tackle with a double block at the top and a single one at the bottom …   Australian English dictionary

  • Luff upon luff — Luff Luff (l[u^]f), n. [OE. lof, prob. a sort of timber by which the course of a ship was directed, perh. a sort of paddle; cf. D. loef luff, loeven to luff. The word is perh. akin to E. glove. Cf. {Aloof}.] (Naut.) (a) The side of a ship toward… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Luff — (l[u^]f), n. [OE. lof, prob. a sort of timber by which the course of a ship was directed, perh. a sort of paddle; cf. D. loef luff, loeven to luff. The word is perh. akin to E. glove. Cf. {Aloof}.] (Naut.) (a) The side of a ship toward the wind.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • luff upon luff — a luff tackle on the fall of another …   Useful english dictionary

  • luff on luff — Naut. a tackle composed of one luff attached to the fall of another. Also called luff upon luff. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • luff on luff — Naut. a tackle composed of one luff attached to the fall of another. Also called luff upon luff. [1830 40] …   Useful english dictionary

  • tackle — Synonyms and related words: accept, accouterments, amateur athlete, apparatus, appliances, appointments, approach, appurtenances, archer, armament, assume, athlete, attack, attempt, attend to, back band, backstrap, bag and baggage, baggage,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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