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  • n. Plural form of topsail.


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  • Pamperos happen quickly here, and though the Elsinore, under bare poles to her upper-topsails, is prepared for anything, it may well be that they will be crowding on canvas in another hour.

    Chapter 29

  • Far, far beyond the topsails was a faint blue line on the horizon, the bold coast of Southern Portugal.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • The topsails were the chief battle sails, because the largest, except the courses, and more manageable than the courses.

    The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence

  • "That ship," said a quartermaster with a big red face -- "that ship will have to depend more on her masts than her engine, and the topsails are the biggest because the others will be often useless.

    The English at the North Pole Part I of the Adventures of Captain Hatteras

  • "topsails" is shown by the fact that the "top-saile halliards" were pitched over board with John Howland, and saved his life.

    The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 — Complete

  • The only sail she carried was three upper-topsails.


  • “Better get in those topsails, Mr. Van Weyden,” Wolf

    Chapter 19

  • There was no pulling and hauling on sheets and tackles, no shifting of topsails, no work at all for the sailors to do except to steer.

    Chapter 7

  • At noon we picked up a ship ahead, a lime-juicer, travelling in the same direction, under lower-topsails and one upper-topsail.


  • September, when I had just sketched most ambitious plans to raise my pyramid to sixty feet above the summit of the island, I awoke one morning to stare out upon a ship with topsails aback and nearly within hail.

    Chapter 19


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