press of sail
Date: 1794 the fullest amount of sail that a ship can crowd on — called also press of canvas

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Press of sail — Press Press, n. [F. presse. See 4th {Press}.] 1. An apparatus or machine by which any substance or body is pressed, squeezed, stamped, or shaped, or by which an impression of a body is taken; sometimes, the place or building containing a press or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • press of sail — or press of canvas n. the maximum amount of sail that a ship can safely carry under given wind conditions …   English World dictionary

  • press of sail — press′ of sail′ n. naut. navig. the greatest amount of sail that conditions will permit a ship to carry • Etymology: 1585–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • press of sail — noun the greatest amount of sail that a ship can carry safely • Syn: ↑press of canvas • Hypernyms: ↑sail, ↑canvas, ↑canvass, ↑sheet * * * or press of canvas …   Useful english dictionary

  • press of sail — Naut. as much sail as the wind or other conditions will permit a ship to carry. Also called press of canvas. [1585 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • press of sail — noun as much sail as the wind, etc., will permit a ship to carry. Also, press of canvas …   Australian English dictionary

  • press of canvas — noun the greatest amount of sail that a ship can carry safely • Syn: ↑press of sail • Hypernyms: ↑sail, ↑canvas, ↑canvass, ↑sheet * * * see press of sail * * * press of canvas ● …   Useful english dictionary

  • press of canvas — see press of sail …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Naval tactics in the Age of Sail — A 17th century Spanish galleon Naval tactics in the Age of Sail were used from the early 17th century onward when sailing ships replaced oared galleys. These were used until the 1860s when steam powered ironclad warships rendered sailing line of… …   Wikipedia

  • Press — Press, n. [F. presse. See 4th {Press}.] 1. An apparatus or machine by which any substance or body is pressed, squeezed, stamped, or shaped, or by which an impression of a body is taken; sometimes, the place or building containing a press or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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