Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, the sheets of the head-sails; the jib-sheets.

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Examples

  • To be precise, the wind is north-east; the Snark's mizzen is furled, her mainsail is over to starboard, her head-sheets are hauled flat: and the Snark's course is south-south-west.

    Chapter 2

  • The brown, breech-clouted Kanaka sailors moved languidly but quickly to head-sheets and boom-tackles.

    The Pearls of Parlay

  • To be precise, the wind is north-east; the Snark's mizzen is furled, her mainsail is over to starboard, her head-sheets are hauled flat: and the

    Chapter 2

  • Well, you don't have to baby her, starting head-sheets, flattening mainsail, and gentling her with the wheel.

    The Lost Toy

  • He handled the head-sheets, and then, instead of settling down in his old place, leaned his elbows on the coaming and stared into the sea.

    Our Casualty, and Other Stories 1918

  • She could not miss me, and yet I had made almost two miles before she got her head-sheets to windward and stood by for me.

    Foe-Farrell

  • Fore-and-aft sail was set and head-sheets trimmed down to port, square sails were dropped, sheeted home, and hoisted, foreyards braced to port, the anchor tripped and fished, and the brig paid off from the land-breeze, and, with foreyards swung, steadied down to a course for the entrance.

    "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea

  • "Helm's a lee!" cried the captain, and the head-sheets were let go;

    The Wreck of the Nancy Bell Cast Away on Kerguelen Land

  • Ten minutes afterwards I caught a glimpse of the flag right ahead, as the boat rose on a sea; and then I edged away, taking room to run up alongside him on the port tack with my head-sheets to windward.

    For Treasure Bound

  • During the minute or two which had passed since our helm was put down, the _Lily_ had been lying to on the starboard tack; our head-sheets still remaining fast on the starboard side.

    For Treasure Bound

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