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.
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fore-and-aft Topsail
Literary usage of Fore-and-aft topsail
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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. ..."