foresail

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From fore- +‎ sail. Compare Dutch voorzeil, German Vorsegel, Danish forseil, Swedish försegel.

Noun[edit]

foresail (plural foresails)

  1. (nautical, on a square-rigged ship) The lowest (and usually the largest) square sail hung on the foremast
  2. (nautical) A square fore-and-aft sail set on the foremast, but behind it, on a schooner or other similar vessel.
  3. (nautical, on a sloop) A triangular sail set forward of the foremast: forestaysail.

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