mainsheet main"sheet`, n. (Naut.) One of the ropes by which the mainsail is hauled aft and trimmed. [1913 Webster]

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  • mainsheet — [mān′shēt΄] n. a sheet, or line, controlling the angle at which the mainsail is set …   English World dictionary

  • mainsheet — noun Date: 15th century a line by which the mainsail is trimmed and secured …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mainsheet — /mayn sheet /, n. Naut. a sheet of a mainsail. [1475 85; see MAIN1, SHEET1] * * * …   Universalium

  • mainsheet — noun The rope connected to and controlling the mainsail …   Wiktionary

  • mainsheet — rope by which mainsail is trimmed and secured Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • mainsheet — meɪnʃɪːt n. rope used to direct the mainsail …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mainsheet — noun a sheet used for controlling and trimming the mainsail of a sailing boat …   English new terms dictionary

  • mainsheet — main•sheet [[t]ˈmeɪnˌʃit[/t]] n. naut. a sheet of a mainsail • Etymology: 1475–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • mainsheet — /ˈmeɪnʃit/ (say maynsheet) noun the sheet of a mainsail …   Australian English dictionary

  • mainsheet — noun (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind • Syn: ↑sheet, ↑tack, ↑weather sheet, ↑shroud • Derivationally related forms: ↑tack (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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