To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; -- used of the wind.
Change in direction of the wind in counterclockwise direction, see veer.
To brace the weather yardarm in so that the wind acts on the forward part of the sail, pressing it back.
1. On a vessel, toward the stern. 2. Of wind, to change in a counterclockwise direction, as would be seen looking down from above the earth; Compare to veer
The wind is said to back when its direction changes in a counter-clockwise direction. A wind that was blowing from the south and shifts to the east is often said to be "backing to the east." Also see veer and haul.
shift to a counterclockwise direction; "the wind backed"
An order that means to take the clew of a sail across so that the sail becomes a-back. It is sued to check progress, or help to turn the boat through the wind.
the wind is said to back when it changes in a counterclockwise direction, as from northeast to northwest. The opposite is to veer.
To cause to move backwards. Also, change in direction of the wind in a counterclockwise direction in the northern hemisphere, and a clockwise direction in the southern hemisphere.
A change of wind in a counter-clockwise direction (i.e. from E to N)
(1) Make the boat stop by reversing the wind across the sails. (2) (Concerning wind) Rotate in a counterclockwise direction (Northern hemisphere). Also see veer.
A direction that requires a 4th or open 3rd foot position
Also Aback. Driven backwards by the wind.