head sail


[hed-seyl; Nautical hed-suhl]
noun Nautical.
any of various jibs or staysails set forward of the foremost mast of a vessel.
any sail set on a foremast, especially on a vessel having three or more masts.

1620–30; head + sail

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headsail (ˈhɛdˌseɪl, nautical ˈhɛdsəl)
any sail set forward of the foremast

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