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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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Examples from the web for mainsail
  • Kathryn carries the standard skipjack rig or a jib-headed mainsail and a large jib.
  • Number of sails, color of mainsail with lettering or design appearing thereon.
  • It broke off about eight feet from the deck, and with it went the main boom, mainsail and gaff topsail.
  • Finally, with a storm-reefed mainsail and her trysail set as a jib, she shot away.
  • The mainsail is usually managed with a spar on the underside called a boom.
British Dictionary definitions for mainsail

mainsail

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