mainsail

noun main·sail \ ˈmān-ˌsāl , ˈmān(t)-səl \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of mainsail

: the principal sail on the mainmast — see sail illustration

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First Known Use of mainsail

15th century


MAINSAIL Defined for English Language Learners

mainsail

noun

Definition of mainsail for English Language Learners

  • : the largest sail of a sailing ship


MAINSAIL Defined for Kids

mainsail

noun main·sail \ ˈmān-ˌsāl , -səl \

Definition of mainsail for Students

: the principal sail on the mainmast

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