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main yard

noun, Nautical.
a yard for a square mainsail.
Origin of main yard
1475-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Here is the main-yard alongside of us, with the main-sail and plenty of rope hanging on to it.

    Ben Burton W. H. G. Kingston
  • Raise tacks and sheets, round with the main-yard, and flatten in forward.

    The Voyage of the Aurora Harry Collingwood
  • This done, the main-yard was swung aback, and the prize had surrendered herself a prisoner.

  • At that instant she turned round, and her main-yard got foul of our after-rigging.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • The main-yard had been carried from the slings, as it fell crushing several persons who stood below it.

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • Man the main-braces, some of you, and stand by to heave the main-yard aback.

    The Missing Merchantman Harry Collingwood
  • Le Gros thus singularly gave her up to my control; the main-yard lying square.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • Several struck her, and at last her main-yard was knocked away.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • Upon the main-yard of the Golden Hinde appeared an apparition of a little fire by night.

    Great Ralegh Hugh De Selincourt
  • Filling on the main-yard, they steered for the Federal squadron.

    Our Sailors W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for main-yard

main yard

(nautical) a yard for a square mainsail
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