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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: beat (v)
Definition: To drive a sailing ship to weather by sailing close hauled on alternating tacks. To tack to weather; as in: “With this southeast wind, we will have to beat the whole way.”
See Also: tack

Term: beat, beating (n)
Definition: Sailing close to the wind. Sailing close hauled and tacking toward the direction of the wind.

Term: beats (n)
Definition: The pulsing in sound intensity of twin engines running at slightly different speeds. In practice, an experienced mariner will adjust the throttle of one engine until the pulsing stops.


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