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[stey-seyl; Nautical stey-suh l] /ˈsteɪˌseɪl; Nautical ˈsteɪ səl/
noun, Nautical
any sail set on a stay, as a triangular sail between two masts.
Origin of staysail
1660-70; stay3 + sail Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for staysail
  • She then had on all of her light sails, including jibs, staysail and topsail.
  • Both yachts cast to starboard, filling away on the port tack, each setting her jib and staysail as she did so.
  • Her mainsail is a fine piece of canvas, her lib excellent, her staysail fair.
  • Hardly had she set the extra sail when her staysail halyards parted.
  • Brig's sail reduced to foretopsail staysail and three reefed mainsails.
  • A jib is a staysail that flies in front of the foremost vertical mast.
British Dictionary definitions for staysail


/ˈsteɪˌseɪl; ˈsteɪsəl/
an auxiliary sail, often triangular, set to catch the wind, as between the masts of a yawl (mizzen staysail), aft of a spinnaker (spinnaker staysail), etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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