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luff

 (lŭf)
n.
1.
a. The act of sailing closer into the wind.
b. The forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
2. Archaic The fullest part of the bow of a ship.
v. luffed, luff·ing, luffs
v.intr.
1. To steer a sailing vessel closer into the wind, especially with the sails flapping.
2. To flap while losing wind. Used of a sail.
v.tr.
1. To sail closer into the wind during a race so as to prevent (an opponent's boat) from passing on the windward side.
2. To raise or lower (the boom of a crane or derrick).

[Middle English lof, spar holding out the windward tack of a square sail, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin.]

luff

(lʌf)
n
(Nautical Terms) nautical the leading edge of a fore-and-aft sail
n
(Nautical Terms) tackle consisting of a single and a double block for use with rope having a large diameter
vb
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical to head (a sailing vessel) into the wind so that her sails flap
2. (Nautical Terms) (intr) nautical (of a sail) to flap when the wind is blowing equally on both sides
3. (Mechanical Engineering) to move the jib of (a crane) or raise or lower the boom of (a derrick) in order to shift a load
[C13 (in the sense: steering gear): from Old French lof, perhaps from Middle Dutch loef peg of a tiller; compare Old High German laffa palm of hand, oar blade, Russian lapa paw]

luff

(lʌf)
n
1. the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
v.i.
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.
4. to raise or lower the outer end of the boom of a crane or derrick so as to move its load horizontally.
v.t.
5. to set (the helm of a ship) in such a way as to bring the head of the ship into the wind.
6. to raise or lower the outer end of (the boom of a crane or derrick).
[1175–1225; Middle English lof, loof steering gear < Middle Dutch, later Dutch loef tholepin (of tiller)]

luff


Past participle: luffed
Gerund: luffing

Imperative
luff
luff
Present
I luff
you luff
he/she/it luffs
we luff
you luff
they luff
Preterite
I luffed
you luffed
he/she/it luffed
we luffed
you luffed
they luffed
Present Continuous
I am luffing
you are luffing
he/she/it is luffing
we are luffing
you are luffing
they are luffing
Present Perfect
I have luffed
you have luffed
he/she/it has luffed
we have luffed
you have luffed
they have luffed
Past Continuous
I was luffing
you were luffing
he/she/it was luffing
we were luffing
you were luffing
they were luffing
Past Perfect
I had luffed
you had luffed
he/she/it had luffed
we had luffed
you had luffed
they had luffed
Future
I will luff
you will luff
he/she/it will luff
we will luff
you will luff
they will luff
Future Perfect
I will have luffed
you will have luffed
he/she/it will have luffed
we will have luffed
you will have luffed
they will have luffed
Future Continuous
I will be luffing
you will be luffing
he/she/it will be luffing
we will be luffing
you will be luffing
they will be luffing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been luffing
you have been luffing
he/she/it has been luffing
we have been luffing
you have been luffing
they have been luffing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been luffing
you will have been luffing
he/she/it will have been luffing
we will have been luffing
you will have been luffing
they will have been luffing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been luffing
you had been luffing
he/she/it had been luffing
we had been luffing
you had been luffing
they had been luffing
Conditional
I would luff
you would luff
he/she/it would luff
we would luff
you would luff
they would luff
Past Conditional
I would have luffed
you would have luffed
he/she/it would have luffed
we would have luffed
you would have luffed
they would have luffed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.luff - (nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the mast
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
edge - the outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the center of something; "the edge of the leaf is wavy"; "she sat on the edge of the bed"; "the water's edge"
fore-and-aft sail - any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction
2.luff - the act of sailing close to the wind
sailing - riding in a sailboat
Verb1.luff - sail close to the wind
navigation, pilotage, piloting - the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
sail - travel on water propelled by wind; "I love sailing, especially on the open sea"; "the ship sails on"
2.luff - flap when the wind is blowing equally on both sides; "the sails luffed"
flap, undulate, wave, roll - move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion; "The curtains undulated"; "the waves rolled towards the beach"
Translations
loef

luff

[lʌf]
A. Norza f
B. VIorzar

luff

(Naut)
nVorliek nt
vti(an)luven

luff

[lʌf] vi (Naut) → fileggiare
References in classic literature ?
But he luffed the boat less delicately, spilling the wind shamelessly from the sail so as to prolong the tack to the north shore.