[ boks-hawl ]
/ ˈbɒksˌhɔl /

verb (used with object) Nautical.

to put (a square-rigged sailing vessel) on a new tack by bracing the head yards aback and backing onto the new heading.

Origin of boxhaul

1760–70; box1 (v.) + haul Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boxhaul

  • There are times when you tack and wear, and boxhaul ship every fifteen minutes.

    The Flying Bo'sun|Arthur Mason

British Dictionary definitions for boxhaul


/ (ˈbɒksˌhɔːl) /


nautical to bring (a square-rigger) onto a new tack by backwinding the foresails and steering hard round
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