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

  • n. A square-rigged vessel.

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  • n. A square-rigged ship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vessel carrying yards on her fore-, main-, and mizzenmasts; a vessel carrying yards on all her masts; a ship.

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

  • n. a square-rigged sailing ship


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  • The $130 million square-rigger — the Maltese Falcon — evokes the era of magnificent vessels that raced across the oceans in the 19th century.

    Mine’s Bigger Than Yours

  • In the late 1930s, when the young Eric Newby signed on for an around-the-world voyage on a working square-rigger, war clouds were gathering all over the world as nations rearmed, and newer, faster vessels were being launched.

    Five Best

  • His doctor recommended an ocean voyage, little expecting him to sign on as a seaman aboard a square-rigger bound for California via Cape Horn.

    Five Best

  • Perkins had decked out the square-rigger in full plumage with dozens of signal flags — running from bow to stern, across the tops of the three carbon-fiber masts.

    A Big Boatload of Ego

  • I dont know much about sailing ships, but I guess youd call this thing a square-rigger, because it looked like the sails dropped down from horizontal poles that were positioned about halfway up the masts.

    Pendragon: Book Eight: The Pilgrims of Rayne

  • He bought a four-masted square-rigger, named it the Joseph Conrad, after his favorite author, and, with the writer DuBose Heyward and the family butler on board, sailed around the West Indies in search of pirate treasure.

    Hostage to Fortune

  • It really was a bit more drama and the reality of life aboard a square-rigger.

    badger Diary Entry

  • A square-rigger will take minutes before it is moving at full speed.

    Sailing Fundamentals

  • Down opposite the fourth pier, a meat vendor was selling sandwiches or something to the crew of the square-rigger that was tied up.

    The Magic of Recluce

  • Aboard a square-rigger, keel-hauling was practiced from the main yardarm.

    The Black Buccaneer


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