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crossjack

[kraws-jak, kros-; Nautical kraw-jik, kroj-ik]
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noun Nautical.
  1. the lowermost square sail set on the mizzenmast of a ship or of a bark with four or more masts; mizzen course.

Origin of crossjack

First recorded in 1620–30; cross- + jack1
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Examples from the Web for crossjack

Historical Examples

  • In comes the brace till the trim suits the mate, when he calls out 'Turn the crossjack brace!'

    All Afloat

    William Wood


British Dictionary definitions for crossjack

crossjack

noun
  1. nautical a square sail on a ship's mizzenmast
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