Presently the lights disappeared, owing, no doubt, to the ship's luffing again.
I know he is; but in the other race, he lost half his time by luffing up in a squall.
A-lee: The situation of the tiller or helm when it is put down or to leeward, when going about, or luffing.
After luffing to pick him up, the brigantine had been again pulled off on the port tack.
You must learn how to help her with the helm to take these seas easily, first by luffing and then by bearing away.
After the start do not go in for a luffing match or allow yourself to be luffed by a yacht you do not fear.
By this time the "Caroline" had swept by, and she was now luffing, across the slaver's bows, into her course again.
Scarcely had he spoken, when the French frigate, luffing up, ran her bows against the quarter of the Isabel.
A vessel that was supposed to be on the point of luffing would bear away, sheets flying.
The man at the helm, who was one of the worst navigators of the party, made the mistake of luffing the boat into the wind.
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.