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Clewing meaning

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  1. 1. of Clew

Clewing - examples of usage

  1. The ship, struck by a heavy squall, was lying over almost on her beam- ends; the officers were shouting out their orders through their speaking- trumpets; the men were hurrying here and there as directed, some going aloft, others letting fly tacks, and sheets clewing up and hauling down. - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
  2. The ship, having now reached her intended berth, slowly emerged from her " sulphurous canopy," that the light breeze had kept wrapped around her, like a veil; and, clewing up her topsails, gracefully swept round towards the westward, as if intending to go out to sea again; and, in the evolution, a large, bright- colored, new American ensign floated upon the gentle breeze from her mizen gaff. - "An Old Sailor's Yarns", Nathaniel Ames.
  3. The taking in of the mainsail on a stormy night was a thing to be remembered for life: twenty- four men on the great yard at a time, clewing it in to the music of the wind whistling through the rigging. - "A Boy's Voyage Round the World", The Son of Samuel Smiles.
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