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[trahy-seyl; Nautical trahy-suh l] /ˈtraɪˌseɪl; Nautical ˈtraɪ səl/
noun, Nautical
a triangular or quadrilateral sail having its luff hooped or otherwise bent to a mast, used for lying to or keeping a vessel headed into the wind; spencer.
Origin of trysail
1760-70; try + sail Unabridged
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  • Finally, with a storm-reefed mainsail and her trysail set as a jib, she shot away.
British Dictionary definitions for trysail


/ˈtraɪˌseɪl; nautical ˈtraɪsəl/
a small fore-and-aft sail, triangular or square, set on the mainmast of a sailing vessel in foul weather to help keep her head to the wind Also called storm trysail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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