[fawr-seyl, fohr-; Nautical fawr-suhl, fohr-]
noun Nautical.
the lowermost sail on a foremast. See diag. under ship.
the staysail or jib, set immediately forward of the mainmast of a sloop, cutter, knockabout, yawl, ketch, or dandy.

1475–85; fore- + sail Unabridged
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foresail (ˈfɔːˌseɪl, (nautical) ˈfɔːsəl)
1.  the aftermost headsail of a fore-and-aft rigged vessel
2.  the lowest sail set on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel

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Example sentences
While shortening sail the foresail was blown in ribbons.
The foresail and upper foretopsail had been blown away.
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