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gaff


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gaff  \Gaff\,  n.  [OE.  gaffe,  F.  gaffe  an  iron  hook  with  which 
  seamen  pull  great  fishes  into  their  ships;  cf  Ir  gaf,  gafa 
  hook;  perh.  akin  to  G.  gabel  fork,  Skr.  gabhasti  Cf 
  {Gaffle},  {Gable}.] 
  1.  A  barbed  spear  or  a  hook  with  a  handle,  used  by  fishermen 
  in  securing  heavy  fish. 
 
  2.  (Naut.)  The  spar  upon  which  the  upper  edge  of  a 
  fore-and-aft  sail  is  extended. 
 
  3.  Same  as  {Gaffle},  1.  --Wright. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gaff  \Gaff\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Gaffed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Gaffing}.] 
  To  strike  with  a  gaff  or  barbed  spear;  to  secure  by  means  of 
  a  gaff;  as  to  gaff  a  salmon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gaff 
  n  1:  a  spar  rising  aft  from  a  mast  to  support  the  head  of  a 
  quadrilateral  fore-and-aft  sail 
  2:  an  iron  hook  with  a  handle;  used  for  landing  large  fish 




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