Definition of downhaul in English:

downhaul

noun

Nautical
  • A rope used for hauling down a sail, spar, etc., especially in order to control a sail's shape.

    • ‘The sailor merrily trotted off to go and do something else, possibly ease a downhaul or help set a sail.’
    • ‘Main luff tension is controlled by a downhaul.’

Pronunciation

downhaul

/ˈdounhôl/