main·​sheet ˈmān-ˌshēt How to pronounce mainsheet (audio)
: a line by which the mainsail is trimmed and secured

Examples of mainsheet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aboard Stars & Stripes yesterday were five crewmen — Conner, tactician Tom Whidden, mainsheet trimmer Jon Wright, bowman Scott Vogel and grinder Kyle Smith -- who were aboard Liberty on its historic loss in 1983. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mainsheet was in the 15th century

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“Mainsheet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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