Definition of Fore-and-aft topsail

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

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



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fore-and-aft Topsail

fordrench
fordrive
fordrunken
fordry
fords
fordull
fordwine
fordy
fore
fore(a)
fore-
fore-and-aft
fore-and-aft-rigged
fore-and-aft rig
fore-and-aft sail
fore-and-aft topsail (current term)
fore-and-after
fore-bemoaned
fore-give
fore-slow
fore-topmast
fore-topsail
fore-wit
fore and aft
fore edge
fore plane
fore tooth
fore wing
fore wings
foreacre

Literary usage of Fore-and-aft topsail

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

1. Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People (1878)
"... and set a fore-and-aft topsail in their place, she has usually the preference. No sailing-vessel is faster than a schooner of fine build, ..."

2. The International Cyclopedia: A Compendium of Human Knowledge, Rev. with by Selim Hobart Peabody, Charles Francis Richardson (1898)
"... and set a fore-and-aft topsail in their place, she has usually the preference. No sailing-vessel is faster than a schooner of tine build, ..."

3. A Military and Naval Dictionary by John Philip Wisser, henry Colford Gauss (1905)
"A gaff topsail is a fore and aft topsail which is hauled out to the peak of the gaff as opposed to a club topsail, which is set on its own small boom. ..."

4. The African Repository by American Colonization Society (1860)
"The James Hall is a splendid fore and aft topsail schooner of 80 tons, and was built in Baltimore for the firm of McGill Bros., here. ..."

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