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spinnaker

[spin-uh-ker] /ˈspɪn ə kər/
noun, Nautical
1.
a large, usually triangular sail carried by a yacht as a headsail when running before the wind or when the wind is abaft the beam.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; said to be alteration of Sphinx, name of the first yacht making regular use of this sail
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Examples from the web for spinnaker
  • Today keelhauling can refer to the spinnaker sheets getting stuck under the hull after dowsing the sail.
  • He went out on a windy day with no life preserver, and he and his friend-both expert sailors-raised the spinnaker.
British Dictionary definitions for spinnaker

spinnaker

/ˈspɪnəkə; nautical ˈspæŋkə/
noun
1.
a large light triangular racing sail set from the foremast of a yacht when running or on a broad reach
Word Origin
C19: probably from spin + (mo)niker, but traditionally derived from Sphinx, the yacht that first adopted this type of sail
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Word Origin and History for spinnaker
n.

"large triangular sail," 1866, either a derivative of spin in the sense of "go rapidly" or a corrupt pronunciation of Sphinx, which was the name of the first yacht known to carry this type of sail.

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