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mainsail

[meyn-seyl; Nautical meyn-suh l] /ˈmeɪnˌseɪl; Nautical ˈmeɪn səl/
noun, Nautical
1.
the lowermost sail on a mainmast.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see main1, sail
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British Dictionary definitions for main-sail

mainsail

/ˈmeɪnˌseɪl; nautical ˈmeɪnsəl/
noun
1.
(nautical) the largest and lowermost sail on the mainmast
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main-sail in the Bible

(Gr. artemon), answering to the modern "mizzen-sail," as some suppose. Others understand the "jib," near the prow, or the "fore-sail," as likely to be most useful in bringing a ship's head to the wind in the circumstances described (Acts 27:40).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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