mainsail

noun
main·​sail | \ ˈmān-ˌsāl How to pronounce mainsail (audio) , ˈmān(t)-səl How to pronounce mainsail (audio) \

Definition of mainsail

: the principal sail on the mainmast — see sail illustration

Examples of mainsail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a two-sail boat like this one (called a sloop), the emphasis is on the mainsail (B), the sail nearer the stern (H), which is the rearmost or aft part of the boat. Caleb Paine, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2021 On a two-sail boat like this one (called a sloop), the emphasis is on the mainsail (B), the sail nearer the stern (H), which is the rearmost or aft part of the boat. Caleb Paine, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2021 On a two-sail boat like this one (called a sloop), the emphasis is on the mainsail (B), the sail nearer the stern (H), which is the rearmost or aft part of the boat. Caleb Paine, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2021 On a two-sail boat like this one (called a sloop), the emphasis is on the mainsail (B), the sail nearer the stern (H), which is the rearmost or aft part of the boat. Caleb Paine, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2021 At the tip of Shelter Island, several hundred dignitaries and well-wishers applauded when Sharon, dressed in pink and looking very dainty, hauled down the mainsail of her craft, furled it and docked with an ease no mail sailor could fault. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2019 After 1,500 nautical miles, the expedition was scuppered when storms irreparably damaged the mainsail of his support boat. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, 11 Dec. 2019 The teens repeat the call, then rhythmically tug the line, slowly, steadily, raising the boat’s mainsail and boom, a combined weight of some 3,000 pounds. Billboard, 13 June 2018 Then came the big moment: The scow began to heel to one side, its mainsail dipping toward the water. Simon Peter Groebner, chicagotribune.com, 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of mainsail

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Mainsail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mainsail. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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mainsail

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mainsail

: the largest sail of a sailing ship

mainsail

noun
main·​sail | \ ˈmān-ˌsāl How to pronounce mainsail (audio) , -səl \

Kids Definition of mainsail

: the principal sail on the mainmast

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