Definition of Mainsail

1. Noun. The lowermost sail on the mainmast.

Specialized synonyms: Main Course
Generic synonyms: Canvas, Canvass, Sail, Sheet



Definition of Mainsail

1. n. The principal sail in a ship or other vessel.

Definition of Mainsail

1. Noun. (nautical) The largest (or only) sail on a sailing vessel. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mainsail

1. the principal sail of a vessel [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mainsail

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

Literary usage of Mainsail

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1. Rudder by Thomas Fleming Day (1912)
"The mainsail itself is so proportioned that with one or two reefs it maintains exactly ... Or you can reef her down to nothing but a close-reefed mainsail, ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"At that time, B82 as they allege, she was heading towards tbt southern and western shore, but being under i double-reef mainsail, foresail, and jio, ..."

3. Works by James Fenimore Cooper (1892)
"She had but the three sails bent,—mainsail, foresail, and jib. ... The mainsail was single reefed, aud the foresail and jib were without their bonnets, ..."

4. A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing by Dixon Kemp, Brooke Heckstall-Smith (1900)
"214) originally consisted of main and mizen; and in strong winds, with small mainsail and small storm mizen, they sail fast, and are dry. ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"... 4, pennant designating the club to which she belongs ; 5, gaff-topsail ; 6, peak of gaff, hoisted by peak and throat halyards; 7, mainsail: ..."

6. The Private Journal of Aaron Burr, During His Residence of Four Years in by Aaron Burr (1838)
"We have just now taken the reefs out of our topsails and set our mainsail. For the first time these three days we have breakfasted at table and sat in ..."

7. Report on the Ship-building Industry of the United States by Henry Hall (1884)
"... was bent in its place, being a large triangle of canvas hoisted along the mast above the mainsail, and the jib was divided into two smaller head sails. ..."

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