from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A quadrilateral sail bent upon a yard that crosses the mast obliquely; a lug.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A square sail bent upon a yard that hangs obliquely to the mast and is raised or lowered with the sail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sail with four corners that is hoisted from a yard that is oblique to the mast
It's a Scottish lugsail dinghy of the older variety and she's a beauty.
The mainsail and lugsail could be used to run before the wind.
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
He ordered the “anchor raised and lugsail spread to the wind,” and tried desperately to get clear of a lee shore.
They were two-masted vessels with the mainmast forward, a lugsail, and a large lateen.
The foremast carried a lugsail that he called a bourcet on a yard that crossed the foremast at an oblique angle.
The lateen and lugsail could be close-hauled, allowing a vessel to sail very close to the wind.
The foremast was rigged with a sail that Champlain called bourcet or lugsail, an irregular quadrilateral bent on a diagonal yard.
She began to hoist her lugsail in a dazed, shiftless fashion, while our two boats drifted slowly to leeward.
We then discovered a lugsail, which had belonged to one of the ship's boats; this we hoisted; and our craft was ready to sail.