Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sail, such as a jib, set forward of a foremast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) Any sail set forward of the foremast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical Any sail (of a sailing vessel) set forward of the foremost mast.

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

  • noun any sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel

Etymologies

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head +‎ sail

Examples

  • In last night's darkness we helplessly listened to the men loosing headsail-halyards and letting yards go down on the run.

    CHAPTER XLIII

  • From for'ard came the jerking rattle of headsail halyards through the sheaves.

    A SON OF THE SUN

  • But till I was able to furl almost all of the headsail away and pull the tiny third reef in, we were heeled over pretty dramatically.

    True Spirit

  • Ivor Wilkins Red Dragon, a 51. 7-meter sloop Alloy launched in 2008, displays its name on its headsail in Chinese.

    Come Sail Away

  • Under just a scrap of headsail, to slow us down, we sailed along the beach, around the headland full of waving people, and toward the breakwaters.

    True Spirit

  • Bruce had to yell across the water to tell me to furl in the headsail so that Jesse Martin, Mike Perham, and the customs guys could board.

    True Spirit

  • Ivor Wilkins Red Dragon, a 51. 7-meter sloop Alloy launched in 2008, displays its name on its headsail in Chinese.

    Come Sail Away

  • Tom hoists a staysail (a triangular headsail) and mizzen (the sail on the rear mast), now that they finally have wind.

    OVERBOARD !

  • Ivor Wilkins Red Dragon, a 51. 7-meter sloop Alloy launched in 2008, displays its name on its headsail in Chinese.

    Come Sail Away

  • Back on deck, alone and miles from land, it took me more than two hours to slowly clear the deck, lash the broken rigging in place, and cut away the tangled headsail.

    True Spirit

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