LUFF, noun The palm of the hand.
Weather-gage, or part towards the wind; or the sailing of a ship close to the wind.
LUFF, verb intransitive To turn the head of a ship towards the wind; to sail nearer the wind. Hence, in the imperative, luff is an order to put the tiller on the lee-side, in order to make the ship sail nearer the wind. luff round, or luff a-lee, is the extreme of this movement, intended to throw the ship's head into the wind. A ship is said to spring her luff when she yields to the helm by sailing nearer the wind.
LUFF'-TACKLE, noun A large tackle not destined for any particular place in the ship, but movable at pleasure.