Webster 1913 Edition
On or toward the lee, or the side away from the wind; the opposite of aweather. The helm of a ship is alee when pressed close to the lee side.
Hard alee, or
an order to put the helm to the lee side.
Webster 1828 Edition
In seaman's language, on the side opposite to the wind, that is opposite to the side on which it strikes. The helm of a ship is alee, when pressed close to the see side.
Hard alee or luff alee, is an order to put the helm to the lee side.
Helm's alee, that is, the helm is alee, a notice given as an order to the seamen to cause the head-sails to shake in the wind, with a view to bring the ship about.