topsail

noun
top·​sail | \ ˈtäp-ˌsāl How to pronounce topsail (audio) , -səl \
variants: or less commonly tops'l \ ˈtäp-​səl How to pronounce tops'l (audio) \

Definition of topsail

1 : the sail next above the lowermost sail on a mast in a square-rigged ship
2 : the sail set above and sometimes on the gaff in a fore-and-aft rigged ship

Examples of topsail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But nautical history buffs – and others – can sail on a replica of this 102-foot-long, square-rigged topsail sloop from its home at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven out into Lake Michigan until the end of September. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tall ship Friends Good Will, lighthouses highlight visit to southwest Michigan," 22 June 2018 Most people today associate billowing topsails with pirates. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "Meet the captains sailing tall ships into New Orleans in April," 6 Mar. 2018 Moreland, who has more than 30 years experience sailing topsail schooners, brigantines, brigs and barques, as well as five world voyages under his belt, said the Picton Castle will be hosting a range of school groups on the vessel. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "Meet the captains sailing tall ships into New Orleans in April," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of topsail

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Topsail.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/topsail. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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topsail

noun
top·​sail | \ ˈtäp-ˌsāl How to pronounce topsail (audio) , -səl \

Kids Definition of topsail

1 : the sail next above the lowest sail on a mast in a square-rigged ship
2 : the sail above the large sail on a mast in a ship with a fore-and-aft rig

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