luff (n.) c.1200, in sailing, from O.Fr. lof "spar," or some other nautical device, "point of sail," also "windward side," probably from Germanic (Cf. M.Du. lof "windward side of a ship" (Du. loef), which might also be the direct source of the English word), from P.Gmc. *lofo (Cf. O.N. lofi, Goth. lofa "palm of the hand," Dan. lab, Swed. labb "paw"), from PIE *lep- "to be flat" (see GLOVE (Cf. glove)). As a verb from late 14c., from the noun.

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  • Luff — (l[u^]f), n. [OE. lof, prob. a sort of timber by which the course of a ship was directed, perh. a sort of paddle; cf. D. loef luff, loeven to luff. The word is perh. akin to E. glove. Cf. {Aloof}.] (Naut.) (a) The side of a ship toward the wind.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Luff — or luffing may refer to:* Luffing, when a sailing sheet is eased so far past trim that airflow over the surface is disrupted * The leading edge of a sail * Luffing crane, a type of crane where the jib, rather than being fixed, can be raised and… …   Wikipedia

  • Luff — (l[u^]f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Luffed} (l[u^]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Luffing}.] 1. (Naut.) To turn the head of a vessel toward the wind; to sail nearer the wind; to turn the tiller so as to make the vessel sail nearer the wind. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • luff — ► NOUN Sailing ▪ the edge of a fore and aft sail next to the mast or stay. ► VERB 1) steer (a yacht) nearer the wind. 2) raise or lower (the jib of a crane). ORIGIN Old French lof …   English terms dictionary

  • luff — [luf] n. [ME lof < ODu loef, weather side (of a ship), auxiliary oar for steering, akin to ON lōfi, palm of the hand < IE base * lēp , *lōp , flat object, flat hand > OHG lappo, flat hand, rudder blade, Russ lopata, a shovel, rudder… …   English World dictionary

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  • luff — 1. noun The vertical edge of a sail that is closest to the direction of the wind. By easing the halyard the luff of the sail sagged to leeward. 2. verb …   Wiktionary

  • luff — Loof Loof (l[=oo]f or l[u^]f; 277), n. [See {Luff}.] [Also written {luff}.] (Naut.) (a) Formerly, some appurtenance of a vessel which was used in changing her course; probably a large paddle put over the lee bow to help bring her head nearer to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Luff — This is an English surname. Recorded as Love, Luff, and Louve, it has at least two possible origins. The first is as a derivative of the Olde English pre 7th century personal name Lufa which is recorded in the Feudal Documents of the Abbey of… …   Surnames reference

  • luff — /lʌf/ (say luf) Nautical –noun 1. the forward edge of a fore and aft sail. –verb (i) 2. Also, luff up. to bring the head of a sailing vessel closer to or directly into the wind, with sails shaking. 3. to alter the angle of the jib of a crane, and …  

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