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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Close·hauled, close-hauled a. Naut. Under way and moving as nearly as possible toward the direction from which the wind blows; having the sails trimmed for sailing as close to the wind as possible; -- said of a sailing vessel.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 close-hauled
      adj : having the sails trimmed for sailing as close to the wind as
            possible