American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being, relating to, or rigged with a triangular sail hung on a long yard that is attached at an angle to the top of a short mast.
- n. A lateen-rigged boat.
- n. A lateen sail.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Literally, Latin: a word used only in lateen sail, lateen yard, lateen rig. Also spelled latteen.
- n. nautical A triangular fore-and-aft sail set on a boom in such way that the tack is attached to the hull of the vessel and the free end of the boom lifts the sail.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Naut.) Of or pertaining to a peculiar rig used in the Mediterranean and adjacent waters, esp. on the northern coast of Africa; pertaining to a lateen sail. See below.
- adj. rigged with a triangular (lateen sail).
- n. a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean
- adj. rigged with a triangular (lateen) sail
- French latine ("Latin") (Wiktionary)
- French (voile) latine, lateen (sail), feminine of latin, Latin (from its use in the Mediterranean), from Old French; see Latin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Their ships with triangular sails known as lateen rigs allowed for greater manoeuvrability than the square-rigged cogs and knars, but they lacked the strength to make them contenders on the open oceans.”
“In addition, the Arabs developed a highly effective triangular sail, called a lateen, and the kamal, a navigating device that enabled them to determine latitude by gauging the height of the Pole Star above the horizon.”
“It was rigged, as all the boats on the Lake of Geneva are, with what are called lateen sails.”
“His crew sullenly tailed on to the halyards, and the strange, outlandish sail, lateen in rig and dyed a warm brown, rose in the air.”
“After waiting a few minutes longer, the crew hoisted the lateen sail, and Yellow Handkerchief steered down toward the mouth of San Rafael Creek.”
“In a room near the boatyard I find a craftsman sawing away at a tiny lateen sail for a model dhow.”
“LynnFlewelling 9:08 pm: Little fishing boats were coming in for the night, scudding across the choppy harbor, their lateen sails black moth wings against the vermillion sunset.”
“There was a red cross of St. George to be painted on the lateen sail, perhaps with a gold border.”
“In the distance, at the horizon, there were sails, the sails of lateen-rigged vessels.”
“The single lateen-rigged mast was stepped solidly into the keep fore of the cabin.”
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