A point of sailing where the sheets which control the sails in a sailing vessel can be eased well away to make the most of a quartering wind. In square-rigged ships it was the point where studding sails would draw if set. The term does not refer to a wind from dead astern but to one from abaft the beam. To sail large, to ease away the sheets and sail further off the wind. By and large, to sail a vessel near the wind but not fully on it.
Subjects: Maritime History.