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1 An adjective which, when applied to a ship, indicates that it returns quickly to the vertical when rolling in a heavy seaway and, when applied to a vessel under sail, that it is one that stands up well in a wind. This is a function in naval architecture of the metacentric height which has been built into the ship.

See also tender.

See also tender.

2 It is also an adjective which is applied to the strength of the wind, a stiff breeze being one in which a square-rigger is able to carry all her sails.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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