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vang  (væŋ



  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


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