from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a small part of a sail lowered in a gale to keep the ship's head to the sea.


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  • "Hullock of a sail, is when, in a great storm, some part is cut and left loose. It is chiefly used in the middle sail, to keep the ship's head to the sea; then all the rest of the sail is made up, excep ta little at the mizen-yardarm."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 199–200

    October 12, 2008