from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A square sail set above the lowest sail on the mast of a square-rigged ship.
- n. A triangular or square sail set above the gaff of a lower sail on a fore-and-aft-rigged ship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sail or either of the two sails rigged just above the course sail and supported by the topmast on a square-rigged sailing ship.
- n. In a fore-and-aft -rigged sailing boat, the sail that is set above the gaff at the top part of the mast.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In a square-rigged vessel, the sail next above the lowermost sail on a mast. This sail is the one most frequently reefed or furled in working the ship. In a fore-and-aft rigged vessel, the sail set upon and above the gaff. See cutter, schooner, sail, and ship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a square sail next above the lowest or chief sail of a mast. It is carried on a topsail-yard.
- Same as topsails over (which see, under topsail, n.).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sail (or either of a pair of sails) immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast
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