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1luff

noun \ˈləf\

Definition of LUFF

1
:  the act of sailing a ship nearer the wind
2
:  the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail

Origin of LUFF

Middle English lof spar holding out the windward tack of a sail, weather side of a ship, from Anglo-French
First Known Use: 14th century

2luff

verb

Definition of LUFF

intransitive verb
:  to turn the head of a ship toward the wind

First Known Use of LUFF

14th century

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