luff: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (luf), [key]
— n. Naut.
- the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail. See diag. under
- to bring the head of a sailing ship closer to or directly into the wind, with sails shaking.
- (of a sail) to shake from being set too close to the wind: The sail luffed as we put about for port.
- to raise or lower the outer end of the boom of a crane or derrick so as to move its load horizontally.
- to set (the helm of a ship) in such a way as to bring the head of the ship into the wind.
- to raise or lower the outer end of (the boom of a crane or derrick).
- luff (Thesaurus)