Through the eyelets lace the luff of the sail to the mast, so that its lower edge will clear the dry deck by about a foot.
Love, luff, occurs generally as a personal name, hence the dim.
The second shot from the latter was well directed; it grazed our mast and carried away the luff of the mainsail.
They did not dare to luff her to the west or bear her away to the east.
"luff up under my stem and let's have a look at you," shouted an authoritative voice.
He's lyin' luff in Fammuth town, my deear; but 'ee must be very careful.
As Mr. luff was not neglectful of his duty, it was not long before the Coquette approached her boats.
The old word for "keep your luff," in the act of sailing to the wind.
Get the boats into the water, Mr. luff, and arm their crews.
Shake up, you gibbering fools; luff her a bit and make fast.
c.1200, in sailing, from Old French lof "spar," or some other nautical device, "point of sail," also "windward side," probably from Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch lof "windward side of a ship" (Dutch loef), which might also be the direct source of the English word), from Proto-Germanic *lofo (cf. Old Norse lofi, Gothic lofa "palm of the hand," Danish lab, Swedish labb "paw"), from PIE *lep- "to be flat" (see glove). As a verb from late 14c., from the noun.