Definition of backwind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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Definition of backwind (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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First Known Use of backwind


1909, in the meaning defined above

Transitive verb

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for backwind


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“Backwind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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