Definition of vang in English:

vang

Syllabification: vang
Pronunciation: /vaNG
 
/

noun

Sailing
  • Each of two guy ropes running from the end of a gaff to opposite sides of the deck.
    More example sentences
    • Especially in heavy winds, ease the vang an inch or two for the reach.
    • If the vang is on tight and the wind drops be sure to ease it to maintain good mainsail trim.

Origin

mid 18th century: variant of obsolete fang, denoting a gripping device, from Old Norse fang 'grasp', of Germanic origin.

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