Lee

Under the lee of the land. Under the shelter of the cliffs which break the force of the winds. (Anglo-Saxon, hleo, a shelter.)

Under the lee of a ship.
On the side opposite to the wind, so that the ship shelters or wards it off.

To lay a ship by the lee,
or, in modern nautical phraseology, to heave-to, is to arrange the sails of a ship so that they may lie flat against the masts and shrouds, that the wind may strike the vessel broadside so that she will make little or no headway.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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