Definition of Gaff topsail

1. Noun. A triangular fore-and-aft sail with its foot along the gaff and its luff on the topmast.

Exact synonyms: Fore-and-aft Topsail
Generic synonyms: Fore-and-aft Sail



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gaff Topsail

gadzooks
gae
gaed
gaeing
gael
gaelic
gaelscoil
gaen
gaes
gaff-headed sail
gaff-topsail
gaff-topsails
gaff rig
gaff rigs
gaff topsail (current term)
gaffa
gaffas
gaffe
gaffed
gaffer
gaffer tape
gaffer tapes
gaffers
gaffes
gaffing
gaffings
gaffle
gaffled
gaffles

Literary usage of Gaff topsail

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"... 2, jib —behind it is the foresail; 3, cross-trees and topmast- shroud ; 4, pennant designating the club to which she belongs ; 5, gaff-topsail ; 6, ..."

2. Scientific American Reference Book by Albert Allis Hopkins, Alexander Russell Bond (1913)
"... Ba lug, Ca split lug, Da sloop (having a single mast and only fore and aft sails}, Ea sloop having a gaff topsail, Fa lateen rig, Ga skipjack (haying no ..."

3. Report on the Ship-building Industry of the United States by Henry Hall (1884)
"In after years the square topsail was given up and a gaff topsail was bent in its place, being a large triangle of canvas hoisted along the mast above the ..."

4. Mechanical Movements, Powers, Devices and Appliances, Used in Constructive by Gardner Dexter Hiscox (1899)
"... except the foretop, which is a square sail bent to a yard, i, flying-jib; 2,jib; 4, foresail; 5, mainsail; 9, fore-topsail; 13, main gaff-topsail. 779. ..."

5. Mechanical Movements, Powers and Devices: Contains: an Illustrated by Gardner Dexter Hiscox (1903)
"Main- and fore-sail, two or three jibs, and two topsails, i, flying-jib ; 2, jib; 3, foretop staysail; 4, foresail; 5, mainsail; 12, fore gaff-topsail; 13, ..."

6. Mechanical Movements, Powers, Devices and Appliances by Gardner Dexter Hiscox (1899)
"I, flying-jib; 2,jib; 4, foresail; 5, mainsail; 9, fore-topsail; 13, main gaff-topsail. 779. CLUB TOPSAIL RIG.—In addition to the full schooner rig, ..."

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