- a rope or either of two ropes attached to a gaff and used to control its lateral movement
- a rope or an arrangement of ropes and pulleys attached to the boom of a fore-and-aft sail and used to hold the boom down and flatten the sailin full boom vang
Origin of vangDu, a catch from vangen, to catch: for base see fang
- A set of tackle running from the base of a sailboat's mast to a point partway out on the boom, used to control the curvature of the sail.
- A rope running from the peak of a gaff to a ship's rail or mast, used to steady the gaff.
Origin of vangDutch a catch from vangen to catch ; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present vangs, present participle vanging, simple past and past participle vanged)
From Middle English vangen, southern variant of fangen (“to seize, catch"), from Old English fÅn (“to take, grasp, seize, catch, capture, make prisoner, receive, accept, assume, undertake, meet with, encounter"), and Old Norse fanga (“to fetch, capture"), both from Proto-Germanic *fanhanÄ…, *fangÅnÄ… (“to catch, capture"), from Proto-Indo-European *paá¸±- (“to fasten, place"). Cognate with West Frisian fange (“to catch"), Dutch vangen (“to catch"), German fangen (“to catch"), Danish fange (“to catch"). More at fang.
From Dutch vangen (“to catch").