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vang (væŋ Pronunciation for vang

Definitions

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

Example Sentences Including 'vang'

He sweated up harder on the halyard, cleated it, eased the sheets and set the vang.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
To add to their woes, the normally slick team blew two kites out, broke their vang and jib cunningham.
Yachting Boating World (2004)

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