He would go aloft in a gale or in a calm, and lend a hand at reefing or furling as promptly as any man in the ship.
The order for men to come in from the yards after reefing or furling.
While they talked they were furling the Eleanor's sails, and soon they were ready to go ashore.
The order to come in from the yards when reefing, furling, or other duty is performed.
furling sail, for the wind had been fair to-day, we turned and were towed back to Fort St. Julian, where we moored for the night.
At length she stood into the bay, and, furling her sails, came to an anchor.
The long ribbon fluttered in the air, furling and unfurling it gracefully descended.
But when the ship's in port who cares to wait for the furling of the sails?
The order to lift the studding-sail boom-ends while the top-men move out on the yards, preparatory to reefing or furling.
With the furling of the white flag they were enemies once more.
1550s, of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle French ferler "to furl," from Old French ferliier "chain, tie up, lock away," perhaps from fer "firm" (from Latin firmus; see firm (adj.)) + -lier "to bind" (from Latin ligare). Related: Furled; furling.