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luff



Pronunciation: (luf), [key]
n. Naut.
the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail. See diag. under sail.

v.i.
1. to bring the head of a sailing ship closer to or directly into the wind, with sails shaking.
2. (of a sail) to shake from being set too close to the wind: The sail luffed as we put about for port.
3. to raise or lower the outer end of the boom of a crane or derrick so as to move its load horizontally.

v.t.
1. to set (the helm of a ship) in such a way as to bring the head of the ship into the wind.
2. to raise or lower the outer end of (the boom of a crane or derrick).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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