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  • n. A moonraker (sail).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sail sometimes carried in light winds, above a skysail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a sail set above a skysail. Also called moon-raker.


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  • The square sails on the mainmast are called, when eight are carried, the mainsail, lower and upper maintopsails, lower and upper maintopgallants, main-royal, main-skysail, and the moonsail.

    All Afloat A Chronicle of Craft and Waterways


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  • " her character as a prudent merchantman she had no royal masts above her stump topgallants, and they could hardly be sent up man-of-war fashion without exciting suspicion; nor could royals, skysails, moonsails, stargazers and other flying-kites, all very useful in these mere zephyrs, where the higher air moved somewhat faster than that just over the sea."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Reverse of the Medal, 92

    February 24, 2008