from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A rope running from the peak of a gaff to a ship's rail or mast, used to steady the gaff.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To take; undertake for.
- v. To undertake for at the Font; be godfather or godmother to.
- n. A boom vang, a strap or line which exerts downward pressure on the boom near where it joins the mast of a fore-and-aft rigged sailboat.
- n. A line extended down from the end of a yard or a gaff, used to regulate its position
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rope to steady the peak of a gaff.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A guy extending from the end of a gaff to the ship's rail on each side, and serving to steady the gaff.
Dutch, a catch, from vangen, to catch; see pag- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English vangen, southern variant of fangen ("to seize, catch"), from Old English fōn ("to take, grasp, seize, catch, capture, make prisoner, receive, accept, assume, undertake, meet with, encounter"), and Old Norse fanga ("to fetch, capture"), both from Proto-Germanic *fanhanan, *fangōnan (“to catch, capture”), from Proto-Indo-European *paḱ- (“to fasten, place”). Cognate with West Frisian fange ("to catch"), Dutch vangen ("to catch"), German fangen ("to catch"), Danish fange ("to catch"). More at fang. (Wiktionary)
From Dutch vangen ("to catch"). (Wiktionary)