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gaff topsail

noun, Nautical
Also called fore-and-aft topsail. a jib-headed fore-and-aft sail set above a gaff.
a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail set above the spanker of a bark, between the gaff of the spanker and an upper gaff.
Origin of gaff topsail
1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It broke off about eight feet from the deck, and with it went the main boom, mainsail and gaff topsail.

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