gaff-topsail
noun Date: 1794 a usually triangular topsail with its foot extended upon the gaff — see sail illustration

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  • gaff-topsail — [gaf′täp′sāl΄; ] naut. [, gaf′täp′səl] n. a topsail the lower edge of which is attached to a gaff * * * gaff top·sail (găfʹtŏpʹsəl, sāl ) n. Nautical A light triangular or quadrilateral sail set over a gaff. * * * …   Universalium

  • gaff-topsail — [gaf′täp′sāl΄; ] naut. [, gaf′täp′səl] n. a topsail the lower edge of which is attached to a gaff …   English World dictionary

  • Gaff-topsail — Gaff top sail, n. (Naut.) A small triangular sail having its foot extended upon the gaff and its luff upon the topmast. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gaff-topsail —  ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷(ˌ) ̷ ̷, ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : a usually triangular topsail with its foot extended upon the gaff and its luff upon the topmast see sail illustration 2. : gaff topsail catfish 3. or gaff topsail pompano …   Useful english dictionary

  • gaff topsail — gaff′ top′sail n. naut. navig. a jib headed fore and aft sail set above a gaff …   From formal English to slang

  • gaff topsail — noun a triangular fore and aft sail with its foot along the gaff and its luff on the topmast • Syn: ↑fore and aft topsail • Hypernyms: ↑fore and aft sail * * * Naut. 1. Also called fore and aft topsail. a jib headed fore and aft sail set above a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • gaff topsail — Naut. 1. Also called fore and aft topsail. a jib headed fore and aft sail set above a gaff. 2. a quadrilateral fore and aft sail set above the spanker of a bark, between the gaff of the spanker and an upper gaff. [1785 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • gaff-topsail — triangular topsail with its foot extended upon the gaff Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • gaff-topsail — /gæf ˈtɒpsəl/ (say gaf topsuhl) noun a light triangular sail set between the upper part of a mast and a gaff …   Australian English dictionary

  • gaff-topsail catfish — jūrinis šamas dyglys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Bagre marinus angl. gaff topsail catfish rus. морской вымпельный сом ryšiai: platesnis terminas – šamai dygliai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

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