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Vang \Vang\, n. [D. vangen to catch, seize. See Fang.] (Naut.) A rope to steady the peak of a gaff.


Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context dialectal or obsolete English) To take; undertake for. 2 (context dialectal as a godparent English) To undertake for at the Font; be godfather or godmother to. Etymology 2

n. (context nautical English) A line extended down from the end of a yard or a gaff, used to regulate its position

Vang (Hedmark)
  1. Redirect Vang, Hedmark

Vang may refer to:

  • Vang, Bornholm, a village on the island of Bornholm, Denmark
  • Vang, Oppland, a municipality in Oppland, Norway
  • Vang, Hedmark, a former municipality in Hedmark, Norway
  • Vang, a village in Ka Choun, Cambodia
  • Vəng (disambiguation), Azerbaijan
  • Boom vang, a sailing part
  • Gaff vang, a sailing part
  • Vang is a common surname among Hmong Americans, including
    • Vang Pao (1929–2011), Lieutenant General in the Royal Lao Army and a leader of the Hmong American community in the United States
    • Ka Vang (born 1975), writer
    • Chai Vang (born 1968), convicted murderer
    • Bee Vang (born 1991), actor, best known as Thao Vang Lor in Gran Torino
  • Bora Vang (born 1987), Chinese-born Turkish table tennis player
  • D-alanine—D-serine ligase, an enzyme

Usage examples of "vang".

Jim Brown, John Cullen, Michael Hider, Bev Morse, George Rodriguez, Van Vanderside, Houa Vang, and Charles Wimbley.

Chas, the Chengs, the Hangs, the Hers, the Kues, the Los, the Mouas, the Thaos, the Vues, the Xiongs, and the Vangs.

Edward Avery, Toyo Biddle, Loren Bussert, Yee Chang, Eric Crystal, Paul DeLay, Timothy Dunnigan, Francesca Farr, Tim Gordon, Glenn Hendricks, Marc Kaufman, Sue Levy, Blia Yao Moua, Dang Moua, Ron Munger, George Schreider, Peter Vang, Jonas Vangay, Doug Vincent, John Xiong, and May Ying Xiong provided helpful background information.

Tommy Vang had obtained travel money, and I had gotten several fifty-dollar bills to repay Grandma Peshlakai for her pinyon sap.

Vang and the Tetragrammaton types call an information density singularity.

Not with the first-stage boosters, which were manipulable and detonable masses of ball lightning, but with those boosters' culminations, the Vangs, which were ball lightning raised to the sixth power and which only the frightful energies of the boosters could bring into being.

Ray, the linguist, listened to and memorized words like spinnaker, mast, bow, stern, aft, tiller, halyard winches, masthead fittings, shrouds, lifelines, stanchions, sheet winch, bow pulpit, coamings, transom, clew outhaul, genoa sheets, mainsail, jib, jibstays, jib sheets, cam cleats and boom vangs.

One night not long after my seventeenth birthday, I was working at the computer in the trailer, when Vang entered and lowered himself carefully in the chair opposite me, first shooing away the marmalade cat who had been sleeping there.

At quarter-past eight the carpenter reported the mizen-mast was sprung, in consequence of the vangs of the gaff giving way.

Secord, it should be noted, was also a business partner of Vang Pao, the Laotian General who ran a heroin smugging ring out of Long Tien Airbase during the Vietnam War, and Monzer al-Kassar, the Syrian arms and drugs dealer who was involved in the Pan Am 103 bombing — another crime that was successfully covered up by the CIA and the FBI.

We traversed the north and central portions of Viet Nam in three battered methane-powered trucks, one of which towed Vangs trailer, and erected our tents in pastures and school yards and soccer fields, rarely staying anywhere longer than a few nights.

The men below brailed up the driver and made fast the vangs of its gaff.