Definition of furling in English:



mass noun
  • Equipment for rolling up sails securely and neatly around their yards or booms.

    ‘in-mast and headsail furling is standard’
    as modifier ‘manual and hydraulic furling systems’
    • ‘The week of training leading to Command Day had been both intense and enjoyable, involving topics as diverse as ships safety, setting and furling drills, navigation, tacking drills, climbing the rigging and the ubiquitous knot tying.’
    • ‘The boat across the street from me has had its roller furling jib come loose and it's flapping so loudly that you can hear it in the house.’
    • ‘They have changed their racing headsail for a new roller-furling gib, refitting the furling gear that came with the yacht.’
    • ‘At one point, the captain allowed that one could probably handle Royal Clipper under sail with just two crewmembers, but I had the sneaking feeling that he rather missed the old days, with 60 apprentices making or furling sail.’
    • ‘You have taken your roller furling headsail off, so you know everything works, and, if you have a roller furling main, you have taken it off too.’