Topsail

Definition of Topsail

Top´sail`
n.1.(Naut.) In a square-rigged vessel, the sail next above the lowermost sail on a mast. This sail is the one most frequently reefed or furled in working the ship. In a fore-and-aft rigged vessel, the sail set upon and above the gaff. See Cutter, Schooner, Sail, and Ship.
Topsail schooner
(Naut.) See Schooner, and Illustration in Appendix.

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canvas, canvass, fore-topsail, sail, sheet
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