the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
verb (used without object)
to bring the head of a sailing ship closer to or directly into the wind, with sails shaking.
(of a sail) to shake from being set too close to the wind:
The sail luffed as we put about for port.
to raise or lower the outer end of the boom of a crane or derrick so as to move its load horizontally.
verb (used with object)
to set (the helm of a ship) in such a way as to bring the head of the ship into the wind.
to raise or lower the outer end of (the boom of a crane or derrick).
(nautical) the leading edge of a fore-and-aft sail
tackle consisting of a single and a double block for use with rope having a large diameter
(nautical) to head (a sailing vessel) into the wind so that her sails flap
(intransitive) (nautical) (of a sail) to flap when the wind is blowing equally on both sides
to move the jib of (a crane) or raise or lower the boom of (a derrick) in order to shift a load
c.1200, in sailing, from Old French lof “spar,” or some other nautical device, “point of sail,” also “windward side,” probably from Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch lof “windward side of a ship” (Dutch loef), which might also be the direct source of the English word), from Proto-Germanic *lofo (cf. Old Norse lofi, Gothic lofa “palm of the hand,” Danish lab, Swedish labb “paw”), from PIE *lep- “to be flat” (see glove). As a verb from late 14c., from the noun.
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[luhf] /lʌf/ noun, Nautical. 1. the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail. verb (used without object) 2. to bring the head of a sailing ship closer to or directly into the wind, with sails shaking. 3. (of a sail) to shake from being set too close to the wind: The sail luffed as we put […]
noun, Nautical. 1. 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.
noun, Nautical. 1. a tackle composed of one luff attached to the fall of another.