Trysail
Trysail Try"sail, n. (Naut.) A fore-and-aft sail, bent to a gaff, and hoisted on a lower mast or on a small mast, called the trysail mast, close abaft a lower mast; -- used chiefly as a storm sail. Called also {spencer}. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

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  • trysail — [trī′sāl΄; ] naut. [, trī′səl] n. [< naut. phr. a try, the position of lying to in a storm] a small, sturdy, fore and aft sail hoisted when other canvas has been lowered, to keep a vessel s head to the wind in a storm …   English World dictionary

  • Trysail — A trysail is small fore and aft sail used in very high winds or in storms to maintain control, to avoid ship damage, and to keep the bow to the wind. It is hoisted abaft the mainmast (taking the place of the much larger… …   Wikipedia

  • trysail — noun Etymology: obsolete at try lying to Date: 1769 a fore and aft sail bent to a gaff and hoisted on a lower mast or a small mast close abaft …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • trysail — /truy sayl /; Naut. /truy seuhl/, n. Naut. a triangular or quadrilateral sail having its luff hooped or otherwise bent to a mast, used for lying to or keeping a vessel headed into the wind; spencer. [1760 70; TRY + SAIL] * * * …   Universalium

  • trysail — noun A small, strong 3 sided sail sometimes set in place of the mainsail in heavy weather …   Wiktionary

  • trysail — ship s sail bent to a gaff and hoisted on a lower mast Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • trysail — [ trʌɪs(ə)l] noun a small strong fore and aft sail set on the mainmast or other mast of a sailing vessel in heavy weather …   English new terms dictionary

  • trysail — try·sail …   English syllables

  • trysail — try•sail [[t]ˈtraɪˌseɪl[/t]] naut. [[t] səl[/t]] n. naut. navig. a triangular or quadrilateral sail having its luff hooped or otherwise bent to a mast, used for lying to or keeping a vessel headed into the wind; spencer • Etymology: 1760–70; try… …   From formal English to slang

  • trysail — /ˈtraɪseɪl/ (say truysayl), Nautical / səl/ (say suhl) noun a small fore and aft sail set with or without a gaff, usually loose footed, on the foremast or mainmast of a vessel, and used especially in heavy weather. {try + sail} …   Australian English dictionary

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