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[luhg-seyl; Nautical luhg-suh l] /ˈlʌgˌseɪl; Nautical ˈlʌg səl/
noun, Nautical
a quadrilateral sail bent upon a yard that crosses the mast obliquely.
Also called lug.
Origin of lugsail
1670-80; Middle English lugge pole (now dial.; cf. log1) + sail Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for lugsail
Historical Examples
  • The great bulk of the steamer soon floated away, and the lugsail was run up again, and the boat made slowly back for Castle Dare.

    Macleod of Dare William Black
  • The peak of her lugsail is cut very high, and her mast, yard, and boom are very light and workmanlike.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • She carried her full complement of oars, a mast, and lugsail.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
  • This will be only a small expense, since the great peak of the lugsail will allow of its head being squared.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • She rolled on the angry combers and the boom that stretched the lugsail's foot tossed up.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • Marston had had the lugsail and jib made in England by a famous yacht-chandler, and the boat was fast.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • In the morning they hoisted the boat's lugsail, and following the edge of the sands, stopped where fish were numerous.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck Harold Bindloss
  • These boats carry one lugsail on a mast shipped well amidships.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands Thomas Stanley Treanor
  • They have very little gear with the lugsail rig, and the decks are always clear.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • She carried a single mast, which listed forward; her lugsail was stretched upon dozens of bamboo yards; she drew hardly any water.

British Dictionary definitions for lugsail


(nautical) a four-sided sail bent and hoisted on a yard
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Middle English (now dialect) lugge pole, or from lugge ear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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