flying kite

flying kite

noun Nautical.
1.
any of various sails set above the royals or skysails in light weather; jolly jumper.
2.
any of various light upper staysails, studdingsails, or jibs.
3.
(in yachting) any of various racing sails, as spinnakers or balloon jibs.
Also called kite.


Origin:
1810–20

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