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balloon sail

noun, Nautical
any light, loose sail, as a jib or spinnaker, used by a yacht in light wind.
Origin of balloon sail
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Baby jib top-sails had been sent down before the rounding, and spinnaker poles were now ready for the balloon sail.

British Dictionary definitions for balloon sail

balloon sail

(nautical) a large light bellying sail used in light winds Compare spinnaker
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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