To luff alee
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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  • To luff round — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Luff alee — Alee A*lee , adv. [Pref. a + lee.] (Naut.) On or toward the lee, or the side away from the wind; the opposite of aweather. The helm of a ship is alee when pressed close to the lee side. [1913 Webster] {Hard alee}, or {Luff alee}, an order to put… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alee — A*lee , adv. [Pref. a + lee.] (Naut.) On or toward the lee, or the side away from the wind; the opposite of aweather. The helm of a ship is alee when pressed close to the lee side. [1913 Webster] {Hard alee}, or {Luff alee}, an order to put the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hard alee — Alee A*lee , adv. [Pref. a + lee.] (Naut.) On or toward the lee, or the side away from the wind; the opposite of aweather. The helm of a ship is alee when pressed close to the lee side. [1913 Webster] {Hard alee}, or {Luff alee}, an order to put… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Luffed — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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