press of sail

noun phrase

: the fullest amount of sail that a ship can crowd on

called also press of canvas

Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of press of sail was in 1794

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Cite this Entry

“Press of sail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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