topsail

noun top·sail \ ˈtäp-ˌsāl , -səl \
variants: or less commonly tops'l play \-səl\

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

First Known Use of topsail

14th century


TOPSAIL Defined for Kids

topsail

noun top·sail \ ˈtäp-ˌsāl , -səl \

Definition of topsail for Students

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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