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downhaul

[doun-hawl] /ˈdaʊnˌhɔl/
noun, Nautical
1.
any of various lines for pulling down a sail or a yard, as for securing in a lowered position when not in use.
Origin of downhaul
1660-1670
1660-70; down1 + haul
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  • This did not matter, because he knew they must secure the sail before the tornado broke, and he pulled at the downhaul.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • To hoist it, let go the downhaul and royal stay, and haul on the halyards.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Make for the nearest port with all speed, and keep a man at the downhaul ready at a moment's notice to lower sail.

    Boat-Building and Boating Daniel Carter Beard
  • Haul aboard by the downhaul, hoisting clear by the halyards.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Joe found the jib-halyard and cast it off the pin, and, as the canvas fluttered down, came in hand over hand on the downhaul.

  • Small sized vessels have no downhaul to the topgallant studdingsails.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Haul out on the downhaul, hoisting and lowering on the halyards.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Reeve the downhaul up through the hanks and make it fast to the head of the sail.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Let go the halyards and haul on the downhaul, and the yard will be brought close down to the royal yard.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Sometimes it is well to make up the downhaul as is done with the downhaul of the topmast studdingsail.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
British Dictionary definitions for downhaul

downhaul

/ˈdaʊnˌhɔːl/
noun
1.
(nautical) a line for hauling down a sail or for increasing the tension at its luff
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