- any of various lines for pulling down a sail or a yard, as for securing in a lowered position when not in use.
Origin of downhaul
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Examples from the Web for downhaul
Her yard and boom were in his linhay, the sheet and downhaul in Tony's.A Poor Man's House
Stephen Sydney Reynolds
The hands "walked away" with the downhaul, and the jib was on the bowsprit in an instant.Dikes and Ditches
Haul out on the downhaul, hoisting and lowering on the halyards.
Small sized vessels have no downhaul to the topgallant studdingsails.
To hoist it, let go the downhaul and royal stay, and haul on the halyards.
- nautical a line for hauling down a sail or for increasing the tension at its luff
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