- 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
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").