Definition of close-hauled in English:

close-hauled

Syllabification: close-hauled
Pronunciation: /klōsˈhôld
 
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adjective& adverb

Sailing
(Of a ship) close to the wind.
More example sentences
  • On the water, however, sailing close-hauled may feel faster, primarily because the boat is heeling over, but you move more quickly in the upright position, running before the wind.
  • Sailing in nearly the opposite direction, that is, tacking close-hauled into this headwind, is a French ship.
  • The third race proved the most exciting with some contestants taking a close-hauled course to the windward mark and others taking the faster, but longer, broader course.

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