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[meyn-sheet] /ˈmeɪnˌʃit/
noun, Nautical.
a sheet of a mainsail.
Origin of mainsheet
1475-85; see main1, sheet1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Ghost swung around into the wind, and I finished my work forward in time to run aft and lend a hand with the mainsheet.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • Priscilla took the mainsheet in her hand and ordered Frank to luff a little.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • We will watch for a ‘smooth,’ and directly it comes, you and François must round-in upon the mainsheet.

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
  • Bobtail eased off his mainsheet, and waited for the Eagle to come up.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • Come, Walter, haul in the mainsheet, and come up to the wind.

    Captain Mugford W.H.G. Kingston
  • If she steers hard trim your mainsheet aft and it will ease her.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • Aft—Back or behind, as come aft, haul the mainsheet aft, meaning to pull it towards the stern.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • But I had to stick to the mainsheet and the yoke-lines, and do as best I could without rest, for the time being.

  • When sailing in the dark or in bad weather make the end of your mainsheet fast; always keep a knot in it.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • Always see that your mainsheet is clear, and that it cannot (p. 218) get foul of anything in running out.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
British Dictionary definitions for mainsheet


(nautical) the line used to control the angle of the mainsail to the wind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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