from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical The principal square sail hung to the foremast of a square-rigged vessel.
- n. Nautical The principal triangular sail hung to the mast of a fore-and-aft-rigged vessel.
- n. Nautical The triangular sail hung to the forestay of a cutter or sloop.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The lowest (and usually the largest) square sail hung on the foremast
- n. A square fore-and-aft sail set on the foremast, but behind it, on a schooner or other similar vessel.
- n. A triangular sail set forward of the foremast
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The sail bent to the foreyard of a square-rigged vessel, being the lowest sail on the foremast.
- n. The gaff sail set on the foremast of a schooner.
- n. The fore staysail of a sloop, being the triangular sail next forward of the mast.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, in a square-rigged vessel, the sail bent to the foreyard; in a schooner, the fore-and-aft sail set on the foremast; in a sloop or cutter, the sail set on the forestay.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the lowest sail on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel
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