downhaul

[doun-hawl]
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noun Nautical.

any of various lines for pulling down a sail or a yard, as for securing in a lowered position when not in use.

Nearby words

  1. downfallen,
  2. downfield,
  3. downforce,
  4. downgrade,
  5. downgrowth,
  6. downhearted,
  7. downheartedly,
  8. downhill,
  9. downhill all the way,
  10. downhill skiing

Origin of downhaul

First recorded in 1660–70; down1 + haul

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British Dictionary definitions for downhaul

downhaul

noun

nautical a line for hauling down a sail or for increasing the tension at its luff
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