from The Century Dictionary.

  • Full of wind: applied to sails when on a wind every sail stands full without lifting.
  • noun A sail full of wind: also called a smooth full.


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  • Keep her a good full -- a rap-full; but don't let her fall away.


  • Keep her a good full -- a rap-full; but don't let her fall away.

    Chapter 38

  • The ditches of Talapus were once more running rap-full; and Donald

    Desert Conquest or, Precious Waters

  • The ship was kept a rap-full, and she went steadily across the passage, favoured, perhaps, by a little more breeze than had blown most of the morning.

    Afloat and Ashore A Sea Tale

  • The fore and mizen top-gallant-sails were set as fast as possible, the weather-braces pulled upon a little, the bowlines eased, and the brig kept a rap-full.

    Afloat and Ashore A Sea Tale

  • She was kept a rap-full until near the edge of the eddy, and then her helm was put nearly down, all at once.

    Afloat and Ashore A Sea Tale

  • Cuffe, addressing the officer of the watch; "we must do all we can here; for when abreast of the breakers everything must be a rap-full to keep the ship under quick command.

    The Wing-and-Wing Le Feu-Follet


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  • could go on a list of sailing or nautical words

    March 7, 2014

  • Assessing the speed of fast yachts

    You'll estimate headway in knots.

    A crew that's not bashful

    Will keep the craft rap-full;

    The knots that they make will be lots.

    May 2, 2017

  • You'd think all the bling would slow them down.

    May 2, 2017