from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Fitted with square sails as the principal sails.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having (approximately) square sails rigged onto spars perpendicular to the keel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the sails extended upon yards suspended horizontally by the middle, as distinguished from fore-and-aft sails; thus, a ship and a brig are square-rigged vessels.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, having the principal sails extended by yards slung to the masts by the middle, and not by gaffs, booms, or lateen yards. Thus, a ship, a bark, and a brig are square-rigged vessels. See cut under ship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. rigged with square sails as the principal ones


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  • Yardarm is the fing that teh sail hang frum on wun ob dem old timey square-rigged sailin shipses.

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  • When the wind went opposite the current, ships could move easily, at a turn of the River, the wind and current could go in the same direction, forcing ships to laboriously tack and jibe – very difficult in an 18th century square-rigged man-of-war.

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  • The French text of 1628 that defined a patache as a “petit navire de guerre préposé à la surveillance des côtes” is quoted in Alain Rey et al. eds., Le Grand Robert (Paris, 2001) 5:333; Samuel Eliot Morison, Samuel de Champlain: Father of New France (New York, 1972) defines a patache erroneously by her rig, as a square-rigged ketch.

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  • They are not to be confused with European barques or American “barks” of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which were defined by their rig: usually two square-rigged masts, and a third that was fore-and-aft rigged.

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