trysail

[trahy-seyl; Nautical trahy-suhl]
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:
1760–70; try + sail

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trysail (ˈtraɪˌseɪl, (nautical) ˈtraɪsəl)
 
n
Also called: storm trysail 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

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Finally, with a storm-reefed mainsail and her trysail set as a jib, she shot away.
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