Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A triangular sail, extended by a long yard, which is slung at about one fourth of its length from the lower end, to a low mast, this end being brought down at the tack, while the other end is elevated at an angle or about forty-five degrees; -- used in small boats, feluccas, xebecs, etc., especially in the Mediterranean and adjacent waters. Some lateen sails have also a boom on the lower side.

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  • n. a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean

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Examples

  • His mast is a hundred feet tall, and Captain Agathocles has decided to keep the lateen sail on board in case the wind’s really good.

    Antony and Cleopatra

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