rope for holding down or hauling down a sail or spar

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  • Downhaul — Down haul (doun h[add]l ), n. (Naut.) A rope to haul down, or to assist in hauling down, a sail; as, a staysail downhaul; a trysail downhaul. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • downhaul — [doun′hôl΄] n. a rope, wire, or tackle for hauling something down, as a sail …   English World dictionary

  • Downhaul — Cadets man the headsail sheets on the USCGC Eagle The downhaul is a line which is part of the rigging on a sailboat; it applies downward force on a spar or sail. The most common downhaul on a modern sailboat is attached to the spinnaker pole,… …   Wikipedia

  • downhaul — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: down (II) + haul, v. : a rope or line for hauling down or holding down a sail or spar a staysail downhaul …   Useful english dictionary

  • downhaul — noun Date: 1669 a rope or line for hauling down or holding down a sail or spar …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • downhaul — /down hawl /, n. Naut. any of various lines for pulling down a sail or a yard, as for securing in a lowered position when not in use. [1660 70; DOWN1 + HAUL] * * * …   Universalium

  • downhaul — noun Any rope used to haul down a sail or spar …   Wiktionary

  • downhaul — down•haul [[t]ˈdaʊnˌhɔl[/t]] n. naut. navig. any of various lines for pulling or holding down a sail or a yard • Etymology: 1660–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • downhaul — /ˈdaʊnhɔl/ (say downhawl) noun a rope for hauling down a sail, flag, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • Windsurfing — A windsurfer tilts the rig and carves the board to perform a planing jibe (downwind turn) close to shore at Maui, Hawaii …   Wikipedia

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