Definitions

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  • n. One of the clews or lower corners of a course or a topsail when the middle part or the rest of the sail is furled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the clews or lower corners of a course or a topsail when the middle part or the rest of the sail is furled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical: The clue of a squaresail that is kept hauled out by its sheet when the other clue is hauled up to the yard and furled.
  • n. A studdingsail.

Etymologies

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goose +‎ wing

Examples

  • As soon as an appreciable amount had collected, another lad swept it up with a small broom and a goosewing and took it to be mixed with salt, yeast, and water in a long wooden trough large enough so that two more apprentices could knead the dough using their feet.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • Let you rise the ashes from the sods are on the hearth and redden them with a goosewing, if there is a goosewing to be found.

    New Irish Comedies

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  • "Nautical: The clue of a squaresail that is kept hauled out by its sheet when the other clue is hauled up to the yard and furled."

    --from the Century Dictionary

    December 28, 2010