heave to
phrasal to halt the headway of a ship (as by positioning a sailboat with the jib aback and the rudder turned sharply to windward)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • heave to — {v.} To bring a ship to a stop; bring a sailing ship to a standstill by setting the sails in a certain way. * / Heave to! the captain shouted to his crew./ * /We fired a warning shot across the front of the pirate ship to make her heave to./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • heave to — {v.} To bring a ship to a stop; bring a sailing ship to a standstill by setting the sails in a certain way. * / Heave to! the captain shouted to his crew./ * /We fired a warning shot across the front of the pirate ship to make her heave to./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • heave to — ˈ ̷ ̷ˈtü transitive verb : to bring (a ship) by the wind with after sheets in and headsails aback so as to make no headway but to lie motionless except for drift intransitive verb : to heave a ship to decided to heave to until daylight before… …   Useful english dictionary

  • heave\ to — v To bring a ship to a stop; bring a sailing ship to a standstill by setting the sails in a certain way. Heave to! the captain shouted to his crew. We fired a warning shot across the front of the pirate ship to make her heave to …   Словарь американских идиом

  • heave to — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms heave to : present tense I/you/we/they heave to he/she/it heaves to present participle heaving to past tense heaved to past participle heaved to mainly literary if a ship heaves to, it stops moving. The past …   English dictionary

  • heave to — PHRASAL VERB When a boat or ship heaves to, it stops moving. [TECHNICAL] [V P] Captain Cornish repeated his order to heave to …   English dictionary

  • heave to — Nautical come to a stop, especially by turning across the wind leaving the headsail backed. → heave …   English new terms dictionary

  • heave-to — verb a) To stop (a seagoing vessel). b) To back wind the jib and luff the main to hold a position especially in heavy seas …   Wiktionary

  • heave to — In maritime parlance and admiralty law, to stop a sailing vessel s headway by bringing her head into the wind, that is, in the direction from which the wind blows. A steamer is said to be hove to when held in such a position that she takes the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • heave to — In maritime parlance and admiralty law, to stop a sailing vessel s headway by bringing her head into the wind, that is, in the direction from which the wind blows. A steamer is said to be hove to when held in such a position that she takes the… …   Black's law dictionary

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