mainyard

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main +‎ yard

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mainyard ‎(plural mainyards)

  1. (sailing) The yard of the mainmast, from which the mainsail is hung
    • 1880, John Nichol, Byron[1]:
      The sails were split, the mainyard shivered, the wind blowing fresh, the night setting in; and all our chance was to make for Corfu--or, as F. pathetically called it, 'a watery grave.'
    • 1914, E.H. Aitken, Concerning Animals and Other Matters[2]:
      A long line of red and white flags extends from the top of the mainyard to the helm and streamers flutter from the mastheads.

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