from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A triangular sail hoisted on a stay.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fore-and-aft rigged sail whose luff can be affixed to a stay running forward from a mast to the deck, the bowsprit or to another mast.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any sail extended on a stay.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any sail which hoists upon a stay. See stay, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fore-and-aft sail set on a stay (as between two masts)
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"Why hasn't he got that big fisherman's staysail on her?" she demanded irritably.
"Old Kinross is setting that fisherman's staysail," he remarked quietly.
Captain Cullen bent over suddenly and cast the staysail-sheet off from its pin.
The heavy block hurtled through the air, smashing Dorety's head like an egg-shell and hurtling on and back and forth as the staysail whipped and slatted in the wind.
Louis muttered in my ear, as I passed forward to see to taking in the flying jib and staysail.
As the schooner went into the wind and backed her jib and staysail the whaleboat was swung out.
The Jessie swung off under her full staysail, then the foresail, double-reefed, was run up.
Lars with the broken leg, and Davis laid off for keeps -- why, sir, we'll soon be that weak it'll take both watches to set a staysail.
My hands were full with the flying-jib, jib, and staysail; and by the time this part of my task was accomplished the Ghost was leaping into the south-west, the wind on her quarter and all her sheets to starboard.
The full-jib was also set, and, as it departed in shreds, the fore-topmast staysail was being hoisted.