headsail

noun
head·​sail | \ ˈhed-ˌsāl How to pronounce headsail (audio) , -səl\

Definition of headsail

: a sail set forward of the foremast

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Goussev and Lhamon were the main drivers, Hearsey McKay was a master trimmer and ran the headsails, and Buell – who was able to only sail the first leg – did foredeck work, which includes taking down and putting up the correct sails. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "Sail like a girl: How an all-female team made history and won the 750-mile Race to Alaska," 14 July 2018 Beside me, my friend Peter did a similar dance with the headsail. Simon Peter Groebner, chicagotribune.com, "Come sail away at this fun northern Minnesota resort on Lake Vermilion," 6 June 2018 Nate Frizzell is trimming the headsails while Carson Turowski is working the bow aboard Dusty, which posted a pair of thirds and finished no worse than seventh in posting a low score of 26 points on Friday. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (May 4): Brigade upends defending Arena Football League champ," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of headsail

1625, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of headsail was in 1625

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