topsail

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noun top·sail \ˈtäp-ˌsāl, -səl\
variants: or less commonly

tops'l

play \-səl\

Definition of topsail

  1. 1 :  the sail next above the lowermost sail on a mast in a square-rigged ship

  2. 2 :  the sail set above and sometimes on the gaff in a fore-and-aft rigged ship

14th Century

First Known Use of topsail

14th century


TOPSAIL Defined for Kids

topsail

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noun top·sail \ˈtäp-ˌsāl, -səl\

Definition of topsail for Students

  1. 1 :  the sail next above the lowest sail on a mast in a square-rigged ship

  2. 2 :  the sail above the large sail on a mast in a ship with a fore-and-aft rig

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