from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A quadrilateral sail extended by a spar running diagonally to the sail's peak.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Nautical:
- noun A sail extended by a sprit, chiefly used in small boats. See
- noun A sail, no longer in use, attached to a yard slung across the bowsprit of large vessels.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A sail extended by a sprit.
- noun A sail formerly hung under the bowsprit, from the spritsail yard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun nautical A form of three- or four-sided
fore-and-aft sailand its rig, supporting the leechof the sailby means of a sprit.
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- noun a fore-and-aft sail extended by a sprit
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The cartilage of their nose is perforated, and a piece of reed, from eight to ten inches long, thrust through it, which seamen whimsically term their spritsail-yard.
Narrative of a Voyage to India; of a Shipwreck on board the Lady Castlereagh; and a Description of New South Wales
The bowsprit formerly had one yard, called the spritsail yard.
The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence
Except a small fillet of grass the natives wore not a particle of clothing, though there were several scarifications on their bodies; and what sailors call a spritsail-yard run through their nostrils which added to the ferocity of their appearance.
One of the Italians took a turn with it over a cleat, while I hastened to lower our big spritsail.
The exchange was made, and the salmon boat got up its spritsail and headed down the bay toward the marshes off San Rafael.
The spritsail filled with the wind, suddenly, careening the frail open craft till it seemed it would surely capsize.
I came on deck to find the Ghost heading up close on the port tack and cutting in to windward of a familiar spritsail close-hauled on the same tack ahead of us.
Wherever the spray struck, it turned instantly to frost, and the dipping boom of the spritsail was quickly fringed with icicles.
The spritsail flapped emptily and the boat righted to an even keel, causing the two men swiftly to change position.
As the spritsail was taken in and the boat headed on to the beach, he was aware of a distinct hurt at sight of Joan at the steering-oar, standing erect and swaying her strength to it as she resisted the pressures that tended to throw the craft broadside in the surf.
chained_bear commented on the word spritsail
See spanker-boom and duck up for usages.
February 27, 2008