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NOUN (2)

1. (nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the mast;

2. the act of sailing close to the wind;


VERB (2)

1. sail close to the wind;
[syn: luff, point]

2. flap when the wind is blowing equally on both sides;
- Example: "the sails luffed"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Loof \Loof\ (l[=oo]f or l[u^]f; 277), n. [See Luff.] [Also written luff.] (Naut.) (a) Formerly, some appurtenance of a vessel which was used in changing her course; -- probably a large paddle put over the lee bow to help bring her head nearer to the wind. (b) The part of a ship's side where the planking begins to curve toward bow and stern. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 v.0.48:

Luff \Luff\ (l[u^]f), 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

luff n 1: (nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the mast 2: the act of sailing close to the wind v 1: sail close to the wind [syn: luff, point] 2: flap when the wind is blowing equally on both sides; "the sails luffed"