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topgallant sail

noun, Nautical.
a sail or either of two sails set on the yard or yards of a topgallant mast.
Also called topgallant.
Origin of topgallant sail
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He said grace as if he were ordering the men to sheet home the topgallant-sail and get the helm up.

    Man Overboard! F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  • Loose and set the topsail and topgallant-sail, and throw them aback!

    The Rover's Secret Harry Collingwood
  • On this we managed to spread a topgallant-sail, which helped her along famously.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • And at this moment the watch swarmed on to the poop to haul on the port-braces of the mizzen-sky-sail, royal and topgallant-sail.

  • It would not appear so distinct as it does if it was the topgallant-sail of a ship, hull down.

    The South Sea Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • Five minutes sufficed for this job, and we then reset our topgallant-sail and flying-jib, and shifted our gaff-topsail.

    The Log of a Privateersman Harry Collingwood
  • The man who was taking in the topgallant-sail fell overboard.

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