Weather-gage

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Weather-gage the position of a ship to the windward of another: advantage of position
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weder; Ice. vedhr, Ger. wetter.

Usage

In literature:

We got a good weather gage of him, and came flying on as usual getting two irons planted in fine style.
"The Cruise of the Cachalot" by Frank T. Bullen
You will remember, of course, always to get the weather-gage of your patient.
"Medical Essays" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Having thus given them the weather-gage, the brig hove to for them.
"Foul Play" by Charles Reade
In like manner, a navigator husbands the wind, keeping a weather-gage where practicable.
"Sailing Alone Around The World" by Joshua Slocum
When the weather became fine, we ran over to Gage Road.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes
Henceforth the ships which have the greatest speed will have the weather-gage.
"The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783" by A. T. Mahan
She has got the weather gage of us.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
Lowington has the weather-gage of us, and we are beaten at our own game.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
IN WHICH PHIL, IN THE MARIAN, GETS THE WEATHER-GAGE OF THE FLORINA.
"Desk and Debit" by Oliver Optic
He had the weather-gage, and his foresail was now drawing well.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
About one o'clock a shift of the wind gave the weather gage to the English.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
The shift of the wind to the north-west had given the English the weather gage.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
A vessel has the weather-gage of another when she is to windward of her.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
We strike an inch o' canvas an' the fornicatin' Portugals'll take the weather gage sure.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
The wind was at north-east and gave him the weather-gage.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
But the wind changed again and transferred the weather-gage to the English.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
Both forces had been thrown into considerable confusion by these movements, but the British had gained the weather-gage.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4" by Various
When we saw them in this hurry, we thought it must be something extraordinary, and bore down upon them, having the weather-gage.
"A New Voyage Round the World by a Course Never Sailed Before" by Daniel Defoe
We have the weather-gage of her.
"Brave Old Salt" by Oliver Optic
The breeze was light, and as the enemy had the weather-gage, several hours were now passed in manoeuvering.
"The Boys of 1812 and Other Naval Heroes" by James Russell Soley
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In poetry:

He gained the weather-gage of both,
He held them both a-lee;
And gun for gun, till set of sun,
He spoke them fair and free;
"The Constitution's Last Fight" by James Jeffrey Roche

In news:

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