from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The rope that controls the angle at which a mainsail is trimmed and set.
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- n. The rope connected to and controlling the mainsail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the ropes by which the mainsail is hauled aft and trimmed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sheet or rope used for securing the mainsail when set. See sheet.
- n. plural Collectively, all the sheets of the square sails on the mainmast, but especially the sheets which belong to the main course.
- n. In Jamaica, weak rum and water.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
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