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aback

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The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

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the situation of the sails of a square-rigged ship when the yards are trimmed to bring the wind to bear on their forward side. Sails are laid aback purposely to stop a ship's way through ... More
aback

aback adv.   Reference library

The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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(of a sail) pressed backward against the mast by a headwind.

abox

abox  

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An old sailing ship expression used in the days of square-riggers rigged with yards. To lay the head-yards abox was to lay them square to the foremast in order to heave to. This brought the ship more ...
backing

backing  

Anticlockwise shift of the direction of the wind. The reverse change is called veering.
broach

broach  

V. (also broach to) (of a ship with the wind on the quarter) veer and pitch forward because of bad steering or a sea hitting the stern, causing it to ...
sternboard

sternboard  

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The manoeuvre of a ship when it wants to turn in narrow waters where there is insufficient room for it to turn normally while going ahead. If it goes astern with reversed helm, its bows will continue ...
sternway

sternway  

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The movement of a ship when it is going backwards in relation to the ground. In its most usual form the term is used to mean motion backwards through the water, either by the use of engines running ...
to bagpipe the mizzen

to bagpipe the mizzen  

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An order given to lay aback a sail set on the mizzen-mast by hauling up the sheet to the mizzen rigging, the purpose being to stop the way on a sailing vessel or slow it down. It was a quick and ...
to box off

to box off  

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In a square-rigged ship when tacking, to haul the head-sheets to windward and lay the head-yards flat aback to pay the ship's head out of the wind, when the action of the helm by itself is ...
to brace

to brace  

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To swing round, by means of braces, the yards of a square-rigged ship to present a more efficient sail surface to the direction of the wind. By bracing the yards at different angles to the ...
to bring to

to bring to  

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To bring a sailing vessel to a stop with its sails still set. In the case of square-rigged ships this was achieved by bracing the yards on the foremast aback to counter the effect of those that were ...

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