• To turn (a square-rigged ship) about on the heel by bracing the sails aback.
  • to veer (a ship) round on her heel when it is impracticable to tack.
  • To put (a vessel) on the other tack by veering her short round on her heel; -- so called from the circumstance of bracing the head yards abox (i. e., sharp aback, on the wind).
  • To bring a <xref>square-rigged</xref> <xref>ship</xref> onto a new <xref>tack</xref> by hauling back the <xref>foresails</xref> whilst <xref>steering</xref> hard round
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