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backwind

noun

Definition of backwind

: a wind blowing onto the wrong side of a sail; especially : one directed upon a mainsail by a wrongly trimmed jib

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Origin and Etymology of backwind

3back + wind


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backwind

transitive verb \ " \

Definition of backwind

1 : to direct a backwind upon
  • a jib thus bellied is most apt to backwind the mainsail
2 : to sail to windward of (another sailing ship) so as to blanket or interfere with the wind
  • backwind his opponent in a yacht race

First Known Use of backwind

1899

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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