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noun Nautical.
  1. a rope used for hauling out a sail on a boom, yard, etc.
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Origin of outhaul

First recorded in 1830–40; out- + haul
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Examples from the Web for outhaul

Historical Examples

  • The outhaul was run out on the deck, and manned by all the hands that could get hold of it.

    Dikes and Ditches

    Oliver Optic

  • Outhaul, owt′hawl, n. a rope for hauling out the clew of a sail.

  • Besides, you must land either to set it or to take in its outhaul, so as to be quite snug.

  • And as I spoke I made a dash at the trysail brails, cast them off, and proceeded to drag upon the fall of the outhaul tackle.

    A Middy in Command

    Harry Collingwood

  • Reeve the outhaul through the block at the swinging-boom-end, and bend the forward end to the outer clew of the sail.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana

British Dictionary definitions for outhaul


  1. nautical a line or cable for tightening the foot of a sail by hauling the clew out along the boom or yardAlso: outhauler
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