lateen sail
lateen sail lateen sail n. [F. voile latine a sail in the shape of a right-angled triangle; cf. It. & Sp. vela latina; properly Latin sail. See {Latin}.] (Naut.) A triangular sail, extended by a long yard, which is slung at about one fourth of its length from the lower end, to a low mast, this end being brought down at the tack, while the other end is elevated at an angle or about forty-five degrees; -- used in small boats, feluccas, xebecs, etc., especially in the Mediterranean and adjacent waters. Some lateen sails have also a boom on the lower side. [1913 Webster]

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  • lateen sail — ► NOUN ▪ a triangular sail on a long yard at an angle of 45° to the mast. ORIGIN from French voile Latine Latin sail , so named because it was common in the Mediterranean …   English terms dictionary

  • lateen sail — lateen′ sail n. naut. navig. a triangular sail set on a long sloping yard, used esp. on the Mediterranean Sea • Etymology: 1720–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • lateen sail — noun a triangular fore and aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean • Syn: ↑lateen • Hypernyms: ↑fore and aft sail • Part Holonyms: ↑lateen rig * * * a triangular sail set on a long sloping yard, used esp. on the Mediterranean Sea. [1720 30] …   Useful english dictionary

  • lateen sail — a triangular sail set on a long sloping yard, used esp. on the Mediterranean Sea. [1720 30] * * * ▪ sail       triangular sail that was of decisive importance to medieval navigation. The ancient square sail permitted sailing only before the wind; …   Universalium

  • lateen sail — [la ti:n] noun a triangular sail on a long yard at an angle of 45° to the mast. Origin C16: from Fr. (voile) Latine Latin (sail) , so named because it was common in the Mediterranean …   English new terms dictionary

  • LATEEN SAIL —    a triangular sail common on the Mediterranean …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • lateen sail — /ləˈtin seɪl/ (say luh teen sayl) noun a triangular sail extended by a long tapering yard, slung at about one quarter the distance from the lower end, which is brought down at the tack, used in xebecs, feluccas, etc., on the Mediterranean …   Australian English dictionary

  • lateen — la*teen , a. 1. (Naut.) Of or pertaining to a peculiar rig used in the Mediterranean and adjacent waters, esp. on the northern coast of Africa; pertaining to a lateen sail. See below. [1913 Webster] 2. rigged with a triangular (lateen sail). Syn …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lateen-rigged — adj. rigged with a triangular (lateen sail). Syn: lateen. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lateen-rig — n. the rig on a sailing vessel with a lateen sail. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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