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foresail

[fawr-seyl, fohr-; Nautical fawr-suh l, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌseɪl, ˈfoʊr-; Nautical ˈfɔr səl, ˈfoʊr-/
noun, Nautical
1.
the lowermost sail on a foremast.
2.
the staysail or jib, set immediately forward of the mainmast of a sloop, cutter, knockabout, yawl, ketch, or dandy.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; fore- + sail
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Examples from the web for foresail
  • While shortening sail the foresail was blown in ribbons.
  • The foresail and upper foretopsail had been blown away.
British Dictionary definitions for foresail

foresail

/ˈfɔːˌseɪl; nautical ˈfɔːsəl/
noun (nautical)
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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