from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The principal sail of a vessel.
- n. A quadrilateral or triangular sail set from the after part of the mainmast on a fore-and-aft rigged vessel.
- n. A square sail set from the main yard on a square-rigged vessel.
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- n. The largest (or only) sail on a sailing vessel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The principal sail in a ship or other vessel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In a square-rigged vessel, the sail bent to the main-yard; the main course: in a fore-and-aft rigged vessel, the large sail set on the after part of the mainmast.
- n. plural The square sails on the mainmast: they are the course, or mainsail proper, the lower and upper topsails, the topgallantsail and royal, and also a skysail if the ship is lofty. Men-of-war usually carry single topsails instead of a divided sail.
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- n. the lowermost sail on the mainmast
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