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FACTOR to To FALL a-stern
FACTOR
FAG-END
FAIR
FAIR-CURVE
FAIR-WAY
FAKE
FALCONETS
FALL
To FALL aboard
To FALL a-stern

To FALL calm to FETCHING the pump

FID to FIRE-SHIP

FISH to To FLAT-IN

To FLAT-IN FORWARD to FLUSH

FLY of an ensign to FORE-CASTLE

FORE-CAT-HARPINS to FORE-STAY

FORE-TOP to FOTHERING

FOUL to FRESH

To FRESHEN the bawse to FUTTOCK-SHROUDS


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FAIR

FAIR, a general term for the disposition of the wind, when it is favourable to a ship's course, in opposition to that which is contrary, or foul.

This term, when applied to the wind, is much more comprehensive than large, since the former-seems to include about eighteen points of the compass, or at least sixteen; whereas large is confined to the beam or quarter, that is, to a wind which crosses the keel at right angles, or obliquely from the stern, but never to one right a-stern. See the articles LARGE and SCANT.


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