Definitions

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  • noun nautical One of the sails on the mizzenmast, or on the stays between the mainmast and mizzenmast.

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Examples

  • For the ketch, under her spanker which had just then been flat-hauled, had come into the wind, emptying her after-sail and permitting her headsails to fill on the other tack.

    CHAPTER VI

  • For the ketch, under her spanker which had just then been flat - hauled, had come into the wind, emptying her after-sail and permitting her headsails to fill on the other tack.

    Chapter 6

  • For the ketch, under her spanker which had just then been flat-hauled, had come into the wind, emptying her after-sail and permitting her headsails to fill on the other tack.

    Jerry of the Islands

  • Her main-masthead had been shot away, and the _Dolores_ at least was safe; for the pirates, having lost their after-sail, would now be compelled to make a running fight of it before the wind, which would enable Christie to haul his wind and get out of danger.

    A Pirate of the Caribbees

  • The fact was that the ship needed more after-sail to enable her to hold a good luff; yet it seemed to me that it would be impossible for her to bear any more.

    The Cruise of the "Esmeralda"

  • This completely disabled the frigate, so far as chasing to windward was concerned, as with the loss of her jib-booms she also lost the use of her jibs; the pressure of her after-sail at once throwing her up into the wind until she was all aback.

    The Log of a Privateersman

  • The two craft were now not more than a short half-mile distant, and fast approaching each other, the pirate's loss of after-sail causing her to fall broad off and come foaming down toward us, despite obvious efforts to keep her to the wind, while we on our side were making the most desperate efforts to get to windward and thus secure the advantage of the weather-gage, which, in a sea-fight, often means so much.

    A Middy of the King A Romance of the Old British Navy

  • But this was too much after-sail, and order was given to furl the spanker.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11

  • A cheer, however, burst from their throats as, directly afterwards, the "Blanche," paying off for want of after-sail, the "Pique," while attempting to cross her stern, fell once more aboard her.

    The Grateful Indian And other Stories

  • The helm was put down, and, as she came slowly up to the wind, the after-sail being taken off also, she lay to, gallantly riding over the still rising seas.

    True Blue

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