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[klohs-hawld] /ˈkloʊsˈhɔld/
adjective, adverb, Nautical.
as close to the wind as a vessel will sail, with sails as flat as possible; full and by.
Origin of close-hauled
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Skylark was now going up Belfast Bay, close-hauled, but still laying her course.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • “Yes; she is close-hauled, beating down Channel,” observed Clement.

    Tales of the Sea W.H.G. Kingston
  • Buonespoir put the helm hard over, she went about, and they close-hauled her as she trembled towards the rocky opening.

    A Ladder of Swords Gilbert Parker
  • This was an agreeable change after all our close-hauled tacking in the Channel.

  • The advantage of the close-hauled line was that the vessels were more manageable than when "off" the wind.

  • close-hauled, the boat would fill forward as the tide dropped.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • Take my say for it, we're on a wind now, but afore next mornin' we'll be close-hauled, beating up against it.'

    The Green Hand George Cupples
  • Fore-reach: When close-hauled to sail ahead of another vessel.

  • A dim glow came from the compass binnacle, but the schooner was close-hauled and the Kroo steered by the faint strain on the helm.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • Free-wind: When a vessel has the wind so as not to be close-hauled.

British Dictionary definitions for close-hauled


(nautical) with the sails flat, so as to sail as close to the wind as possible
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