I. \\ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\ noun
Etymology: back (III) + wind
: a wind blowing onto the wrong side of a sail; especially : one directed upon a mainsail by a wrongly trimmed jib
II. transitive verb
1. : to direct a backwind upon

a jib thus bellied is most apt to backwind the mainsail

2. : to sail to windward of (another sailing ship) so as to blanket or interfere with the wind

backwind his opponent in a yacht race

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