A rope running from the peak of a gaff to a ship's rail or mast, used to steady the gaff.
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 sail.
(nautical) A line extended down from the end of a yard or a gaff, used to regulate its position.
Origin of vang
- Dutch a catch from vangen to catch pag- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").