Topsail
Topsail Top"sail`, n. (Naut.) In a square-rigged vessel, the sail next above the lowermost sail on a mast. This sail is the one most frequently reefed or furled in working the ship. In a fore-and-aft rigged vessel, the sail set upon and above the gaff. See {Cutter}, {Schooner}, {Sail}, and {Ship}. [1913 Webster]

{Topsail schooner}. (Naut.) See {Schooner}, and Illustration in Appendix. [1913 Webster]


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  • topsail — /ˈtɒpseɪl/ (say topsayl), Nautical / səl/ (say suhl) noun 1. a square sail (or either of two square sails) next above the lowest or chief square sail on a mast of a square rigged vessel, or next above a chief fore and aft sail on topsail… …   Australian English dictionary

  • topsail — also tops l noun Date: 14th century 1. the sail next above the lowermost sail on a mast in a square rigged ship 2. the sail set above and sometimes on the gaff in a fore and aft rigged ship …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • topsail — /top sayl /; Naut. /top seuhl/, n. Naut. a sail, or either of a pair of sails, set immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast. See diag. under ship. [1350 1400; ME topseil. See TOP1, SAIL] * * * …   Universalium

  • topsail — noun a) A sail or either of the two sails rigged just above the course sail and supported by the topmast on a square rigged sailing ship. b) In a fore and aft rigged sailing boat, the sail that is set above the gaff at the top part of the mast …   Wiktionary

  • topsail — ship s sail above the lowermost sail Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • topsail — top·sail || tÉ‘psl / tÉ’psl n. upper sail of a sailing ship …   English contemporary dictionary

  • topsail — [ tɒpseɪl, s(ə)l] noun 1》 a sail set on a ship s topmast. 2》 a fore and aft sail set above the gaff …   English new terms dictionary

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