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vang

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noun Nautical.
  1. a rope extending from the peak of a gaff to the ship's rail or to a mast, used to steady the gaff.

Origin of vang

1760–70; < Dutch: device for securing something; compare vanglijn bow rope, equivalent to vang + lijn line
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Examples from the Web for vang

Historical Examples

  • It was resolved to elude Vang Khan's design by means of a stratagem.

    Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series

    Jacob Abbott

  • Vang Khan had done all that he could to defend the city, but he had been overpowered.

  • He rescued Vang Khan from his danger, and drove his enemies away.

  • The question was, how could he now be dispossessed and Vang Khan restored.

  • Not so much as a bite of bread for himself, still less for Vang.

    Egholm and his God

    Johannes Buchholtz


British Dictionary definitions for vang

vang

noun nautical
  1. a rope or tackle extended from the boom of a fore-and-aft mainsail to a deck fitting of a vessel when running, in order to keep the boom from riding up
  2. a guy extending from the end of a gaff to the vessel's rail on each side, used for steadying the gaff

Word Origin

C18: from Dutch, from vangen to catch
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