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flying jib

noun, Nautical
the outer or outermost of two or more jibs, set well above the jib boom.
Origin of flying jib
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The flying-jib is fitted with halliards and down-haul in the same manner.

    Practical Boat-Sailing Douglas Frazar
  • Only one light sail was left to him in condition for setting—the flying-jib.

    Admiral Farragut A. T. Mahan
  • The foresail was brailed, and the foot stopped, and the flying-jib was stowed.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Between it and the bowsprit are the fore-stay-sail, jib, and flying-jib.

    Man on the Ocean R.M. Ballantyne
  • But after clearing the Cape we rigged a flying-jib, and, as the Captain had prophesied, soon showed our consorts our heels.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
  • The flying-jib and the jib were taken in, and a reef put in the fore-staysail.

  • Charley went out and furled the flying-jib, and then Tom and Harry went into the galley to sleep.

  • "Clear away the jib and flying-jib," said the sailing-master.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • "Man the jib and flying-jib halyards and down-hauls," said the first lieutenant.

    Outward Bound Oliver Optic
  • The flying-jib is to be set to assist in steadying the motion.

British Dictionary definitions for flying-jib

flying jib

the jib set furthest forward or outboard on a vessel with two or more jibs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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