[ vang ]
/ væŋ /

noun Nautical.

a rope extending from the peak of a gaff to the ship's rail or to a mast, used to steady the gaff.

Nearby words

  1. vandyke, sir anthony,
  2. vane,
  3. vane, sir henry,
  4. vanessa,
  5. vanessid,
  6. vanga shrike,
  7. vanguard,
  8. vanguardism,
  9. vanhal,
  10. vanier

Origin of vang

1760–70; < Dutch: device for securing something; compare vanglijn bow rope, equivalent to vang + lijn line Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vang


/ (væŋ) /

noun nautical

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

Word Origin for vang

C18: from Dutch, from vangen to catch

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