from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small fore-and-aft sail hoisted abaft the foremast and mainmast in a storm to keep a ship's bow to the wind.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, strong 3-sided sail sometimes set in place of the mainsail in heavy weather.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fore-and-aft sail, bent to a gaff, and hoisted on a lower mast or on a small mast, called the trysail mast, close abaft a lower mast; -- used chiefly as a storm sail. Called also spencer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fore-and-aft sail set with a gaff and sometimes with a boom on the foremast and mainmast of ships, or on a small mast called a trysail-mast. See mast.
From obsolete try, a lying to, heaving to.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)