Definition of downhaul in English:

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downhaul

Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊnhɔːl/

noun

Nautical
A rope used for hauling down a sail, spar, etc.
Example sentences
  • The sailor merrily trotted off to go and do something else, possibly ease a downhaul or help set a sail.
  • Main luff tension is controlled by a downhaul.
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