from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A light sail that extends beyond the jib and is attached to an extension of the jib boom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The foremost of the jibs of a square-rigged sailing vessel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a sail extended outside of the standing jib, on the flying-jib boom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the outermost of two or more jibs


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  • I ran forward and had the downhaul of the flying jib all in and fast as we slipped by the boat a hundred feet to leeward.

    Chapter 25

  • The topsails were soon clewed up and made fast, then the flying jib run down and furled.

    Story of a Typhoon off the Coast of Japan


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