Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, the yard of the royalmast, on which the royal is set.

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Examples

  • I was practically certain that something was on the royal-yard, moving in to the mast; as though, you know, it might have come up the leech of the sail.

    The Ghost Pirates

  • That morning, John seeing that the wind was in their favor, rigged up the royal-yard in the middle of the raft as a mast.

    In Search of the Castaways

  • Straits; if sailing it can be called in a ship going by steam alone, and which had not a royal-yard to cross, or any other spars to speak of aloft for that matter, the cruiser being rigged to carry fore-and-aft sail in case of emergency should her engines break down.

    Young Tom Bowling The Boys of the British Navy

  • "He fell from the royal-yard," Dorety cried hotly.

    Make Westing

  • I also connected with our arrival here another circumstance which more nearly concerns myself; viz., my first act of what the sailors will allow to be seamanship—sending down a royal-yard.

    Chapter XI. Passage up the Coast-Monterey

  • And once, I was practically certain that something was on the royal-yard, moving in to the mast; as though, you know, it might have come up the leech of the sail.

    The Ghost Pirates: Chapter 15

  • Below it, we saw quite clearly, after a few moment's staring, the shadow of a royal-yard, and, deeper, the gear and standing-rigging of a great mast.

    The Ghost Pirates: Chapter 15

  • Our lower masts being short, and our yards very square, the sail had a head of nearly fifty feet, and a short leach, made still shorter by the deep reef which was in it, which brought the clew away out on the quarters of the yard, and made a bunt nearly as square as the mizen royal-yard.

    Chapter XXXII. Ice Again-A Beautiful Afternoon-Cape Horn-“Land Ho!”-Heading for Home

  • Wicks started and looked aloft with the trick of all seamen, and shuddered as he saw the hanging figure on the royal-yard.

    The Wrecker

  • Another leap toward the steamer resulted in the ship's maintopgallantmast falling in a zigzag whirl, as the snapping gear aloft impeded it; and dropping athwart the steamer's funnel, it neatly sent the royal-yard with sail attached down the iron cylinder, where it soon blazed and helped the artificial draft in the stoke-hold.

    "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea

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