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downhaul

[doun-hawl]
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noun Nautical.
  1. any of various lines for pulling down a sail or a yard, as for securing in a lowered position when not in use.
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Origin of downhaul

First recorded in 1660–70; down1 + haul
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Examples from the Web for downhaul

Historical Examples

  • Her yard and boom were in his linhay, the sheet and downhaul in Tony's.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds

  • The hands "walked away" with the downhaul, and the jib was on the bowsprit in an instant.

    Dikes and Ditches

    Oliver Optic

  • Haul out on the downhaul, hoisting and lowering on the halyards.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana

  • Small sized vessels have no downhaul to the topgallant studdingsails.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana

  • To hoist it, let go the downhaul and royal stay, and haul on the halyards.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana


British Dictionary definitions for downhaul

downhaul

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