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vang

[vang] /væŋ/
noun, Nautical
1.
a rope extending from the peak of a gaff to the ship's rail or to a mast, used to steady the gaff.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < Dutch: device for securing something; compare vanglijn bow rope, equivalent to vang + lijn line
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vang

/væŋ/
noun (nautical)
1.
a rope or tackle extended from the boom of a fore-and-aft mainsail to a deck fitting of a vessel when running, in order to keep the boom from riding up
2.
a guy extending from the end of a gaff to the vessel's rail on each side, used for steadying the gaff
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch, from vangen to catch
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