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Definition 1: the act of sailing close to the wind - [noun denoting act]

(luff is a kind of ...) riding in a sailboat

Definition 2: (nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the mast - [noun denoting artifact]

(luff is a kind of ...) the outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the center of something

"the edge of the leaf is wavy" "she sat on the edge of the bed" "the water's edge"

(... is part of luff) any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction

(luff belongs to category ...) the work of a sailor

Definition 3: flap when the wind is blowing equally on both sides - [verb of motion]

Samples where luff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the sails luffed

(luff is a kind of ...) move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

"The curtains undulated" "the waves rolled towards the beach"

Definition 4: sail close to the wind - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for luff in the sense of this definition

(luff is a kind of ...) travel on water propelled by wind

"I love sailing, especially on the open sea" "the ship sails on"

(luff belongs to category ...) the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place

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