Definitions

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

  • n. A heavy cotton canvas or strong synthetic fabric used for making sails or tents.
  • n. A lightweight cotton canvas used especially for clothing and upholstery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strong, durable fabric suitable for making sails for ships or boats.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Duck or canvas used in making sails.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Hemp or cotton canvas or duck, used in making sails for ships, etc.

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

  • n. a strong fabric (such as cotton canvas) used for making sails and tents

Etymologies

sail +‎ cloth (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Since we cannot wash Towels, we have lined his Cot with sailcloth which is now Black with Blood.

    The Terror

  • We made little houses from reams of sailcloth and we took turns keeping the fire lest wild animals should want to desecrate the body.

    flower boat

  • Her gnarled fingers plunged a needle in and out of a large piece of thick sailcloth.

    The Storyteller Han Sook « A Fly in Amber

  • Flaming sections bubbled and sizzled into the depths, and blazing sailcloth fluttered into the waves.

    End of Time

  • Their wings cut the air with the heavy slap of sailcloth snapping in the wind.

    Crossed

  • Crew, this cover is handmade in San Francisco out of sailcloth and linen using traditional bookbinding methods and has a contrasting spine to emulate the look of a proper hardcover.

    The iPad Gets Bookish

  • In the plane, she saw the blue sailcloth tacked down over something beside her, but didn't have much curiosity about it.

    Ann Beattie's 'The Rock': Narrative Magazine's Friday Feature

  • The loudest noise he will encounter there is the sound of children splashing in the water or the snap of sailcloth during an aggressive tack.

    Honorable Retirement for Gunner

  • Finally he takes rags, strips of sailcloth lying about and wraps my feet.

    Excerpt: A Mercy by Toni Morrison

  • Reeking of wood smoke, I sat on her white sailcloth sofa waiting for the police.

    Falling Apart in One Piece

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