Luffing
Luff Luff (l[u^]f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Luffed} (l[u^]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Luffing}.] 1. (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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) To flutter or shake from being aligned close to the direction of the wind; -- said of a sail. [PJC]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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