vang

vang

[vang]
noun Nautical.
a rope extending from the peak of a gaff to the ship's rail or to a mast, used to steady the gaff.

Origin:
1760–70; < Dutch: device for securing something; compare vanglijn bow rope, equivalent to vang + lijn line

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vang (væŋ)
 
n
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
 
[C18: from Dutch, from vangen to catch]

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