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press of sail

noun, Nautical
as much sail as the wind or other conditions will permit a ship to carry.
Also called press of canvas.
Origin of press of sail
1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We set out as quickly as possible under a press of sail, and stood down towards the breakers, going as near as possible.
  • There is also great danger in carrying a heavy press of sail while sailing by the wind or with the wind abeam.
British Dictionary definitions for press of sail

press of sail

(nautical) the most sail a vessel can carry under given conditions Also called press of canvas
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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