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riding sail

noun, Nautical
a triangular sail set on the aftermost mast of a vessel, especially a fishing vessel, to head it into the wind; trysail. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The anchor came up with a sob, and the riding-sail bellied as Troop steadied her at the wheel.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • Balance-reef it––maybe take it in altogether––and the jib with it, and get out the riding-sail.

    The Seiners James B. (James Brendan) Connolly

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