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Meaning of LUFF

Pronunciation:  luf

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  sailing close to the wind
  2. [v]  flap when the wind is blowing equally on both sides; of sails
  3. [v]  sail close to the wind

LUFF is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: point
 See Also: flap, sail, sailing, undulate, wave



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Luff\, 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.
    {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.
  2. \Luff\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Luffed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Luffing}.] (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.
    {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.