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.

1585–95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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press of sail
nautical Also called: press of canvas the most sail a vessel can carry under given conditions

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Example sentences
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.
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