Definitions

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

  • noun A quadrilateral sail that lacks a boom, has the foot larger than the head, and is bent to a yard hanging obliquely on the mast.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A quadrilateral sail bent upon a yard that hangs obliquely to the mast at about one third of its length: a common rig for boats of men-of-war. Also lug.

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

  • noun (Naut.) A square sail bent upon a yard that hangs obliquely to the mast and is raised or lowered with the sail.

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

  • noun nautical A quadrilateral sail bent upon a yard that crosses the mast obliquely; a lug.

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

  • noun a sail with four corners that is hoisted from a yard that is oblique to the mast

Etymologies

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

[Possibly from lug.]

Examples

  • It's a Scottish lugsail dinghy of the older variety and she's a beauty.

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  • It's a Scottish lugsail dinghy of the older variety and she's a beauty.

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  • The foremast was rigged with a sail that Champlain called bourcet or lugsail, an irregular quadrilateral bent on a diagonal yard.

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  • He ordered the “anchor raised and lugsail spread to the wind,” and tried desperately to get clear of a lee shore.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The mainsail and lugsail could be used to run before the wind.

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  • The lateen and lugsail could be close-hauled, allowing a vessel to sail very close to the wind.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Many carried a bourcet, or lugsail, on the foremast see below for an explanation, or two lugsails on the fore-and mainmasts as their only rig.15

    Champlain's Dream

  • They were two-masted vessels with the mainmast forward, a lugsail, and a large lateen.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The mainsail and lugsail could be used to run before the wind.

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  • The foremast carried a lugsail that he called a bourcet on a yard that crossed the foremast at an oblique angle.

    Champlain's Dream

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  • "'Pin her, Joe,' said Bonden. The bowman hooked on at the mainchains, the big lugsail came down with a run, and speaking in a curt, official voice Bonden said, 'Now, sir, if you please. We can't hang about all day under the barky's lee. I'll look after your old parcel.'"

    —Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 27

    February 11, 2008