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mainsail

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noun main·sail \ˈmān-ˌsāl, ˈmān(t)-səl\

Simple Definition of mainsail

  • : the largest sail of a sailing ship

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mainsail

  1. :  the principal sail on the mainmast — see sail illustration


MAINSAIL Defined for Kids

mainsail

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noun main·sail \ˈmān-ˌsāl, -səl\

Definition of mainsail for Students

  1. :  the principal sail on the mainmast




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