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Webster 1913 Edition


Foresail

Fore′sailˊ

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Noun.
(Naut.)
(a)
The sail bent to the foreyard of a square-rigged vessel, being the lowest sail on the foremast.
(b)
The gaff sail set on the foremast of a schooner.
(c)
The fore staysail of a sloop, being the triangular sail next forward of the mast.

Webster 1828 Edition


Foresail

FO'RESAIL

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Noun.
A sail extended on the foreyard, which is supported by the foremast.

Definition 2022


foresail

foresail

English

Noun

foresail (plural foresails)

  1. (nautical, on a square-rigged ship) The lowest (and usually the largest) square sail hung on the foremast
  2. (nautical) A square fore-and-aft sail set on the foremast, but behind it, on a schooner or other similar vessel.
  3. (nautical, on a sloop) A triangular sail set forward of the foremast: forestaysail.

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