- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for vang
It was resolved to elude Vang Khan's design by means of a stratagem.
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
- 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
- a guy extending from the end of a gaff to the vessel's rail on each side, used for steadying the gaff
C18: from Dutch, from vangen to catch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012