square sail
noun Date: 1600 a 4-sided sail extended on a yard suspended at the middle from a mast

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  • Square sail — Square Square (skw[^a]r), a. 1. (Geom.) Having four equal sides and four right angles; as, a square figure. [1913 Webster] 2. Forming a right angle; as, a square corner. [1913 Webster] 3. Having a shape broad for the height, with rectilineal and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • square-sail — squareˈ sail / sl/ noun (nautical) A four sided sail extended by yards suspended by the middle generally at right angles to the mast • • • Main Entry: ↑square …   Useful english dictionary

  • square sail — square′ sail n. navig. a sail bent to a horizontal yard set athwartships …   From formal English to slang

  • square sail — n. a four sided sail rigged on a yard suspended horizontally across the mast and athwart the keel …   English World dictionary

  • square sail — Naut. a sail set beneath a horizontal yard, the normal position of which, when not trimmed to the wind, is directly athwartships. See diag. under sail. [1590 1600] * * *       simplest form of rigging and the most ancient. The sails are attached… …   Universalium

  • square sail — noun a four sided sail set beneath a horizontal yard suspended at the middle from a mast • Hypernyms: ↑sail, ↑canvas, ↑canvass, ↑sheet …   Useful english dictionary

  • square sail — noun A sail bent to a horizontal yard set athwartships …   Wiktionary

  • square sail — /ˈskwɛə seɪl/ (say skwair sayl) noun Nautical See sail (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • Tack (square sail) — The tack of a square rigged sail is a line attached to its lower corner. This is in contrast to the more common fore and aft sail, whose tack is a part of the sail itself, the corner which is (possibly semi permanently) secured to the vessel.Most …   Wikipedia

  • Square rig — is a generic type of sail and rigging arrangement in which the primary driving sails are carried on horizontal spars which are perpendicular, or [http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/square#Adjective square] , to the keel of the vessel and to the masts …   Wikipedia

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