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To trim the sails of a fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel, or to brace the yards of a square-rigged one, so that the wind could fill the sails. In square-rigged ships it was possible to move ahead, to stop, or to move astern all on the same wind by bracing the yards so that the sails could fill, shiver, or back with the wind, i.e. with the wind blowing on the front of the sail.

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