Definition of Mainsheet

1. Noun. (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind.

Exact synonyms: Sheet, Shroud, Tack, Weather Sheet
Category relationships: Navigation, Sailing, Seafaring
Specialized synonyms: Futtock Shroud
Generic synonyms: Line
Group relationships: Ship
Derivative terms: Tack



Definition of Mainsheet

1. n. One of the ropes by which the mainsail is hauled aft and trimmed.

Definition of Mainsheet

1. Noun. (nautical) The rope connected to and controlling the mainsail. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mainsheet

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mainsheet

mainour
mainours
mainpernable
mainpernor
mainpernors
mainpin
mainpins
mainplane
mainprise
mainprised
mainprises
mainprising
mains
mainsail
mainsails
mainsheet (current term)
mainsheets
mainshock
mainshocks
mainspan
mainspans
mainspring
mainsprings
mainstage
mainstay
mainstays
mainstream
mainstream America
mainstream American
mainstreamed

Literary usage of Mainsheet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing by Dixon Kemp, Brooke Heckstall-Smith (1900)
"mainsheet.—The rope or tackle which holds the aft clew of the mainsail, or main boom. A good arrangement of mainsheet for a small boat with boom to the sail ..."

2. The Corinthian Yachtsman, Or, Hints on Yachting by Tyrrel E. Biddle (1881)
"Put the helm over and keep her away until the wind takes the mainsail on the other side, when pay away the mainsheet handsomely, don't let it all go by the ..."

3. Boat Sailing in Fair Weather and Foul by Ahmed John Kenealy (1905)
"Next coil down the throat and peak halyards clear for running, and see that the mainsheet is free from kinks and coiled so that it can be eased off at a ..."

4. Yachts, Boats and Canoes by C. Stansfeld-Hicks (1887)
"When the rudder is on, unhook the mainsheet that is used when going to windward ... Of course you might use only one mainsheet, or have some other system ..."

5. Boy's Own Book: A Complete Encyclopedia of Athletic, Scientific, Outdoor and by William Clarke (1881)
"By it the sail may be hauled in-board, and set flat; by easing of the mainsheet the sail is freed from control, and allowed to swell out to the breeze. ..."

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