[fohr-top-seyl, fawr-; Nautical fohr-top-suh l, fawr-]
- a topsail set on a foremast on a ship.
Origin of fore-topsail
First recorded in 1575–85
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Examples from the Web for fore-topsail
The foresail and fore-topsail we managed to save, but all our light canvass went.
We next tried the fore-topsail, close-reefed, and this stood.
The fore-topsail had been mended as well as the foresail, and was set anew.
They loosed the fore-topsail and they set the foretopmast staysail.Heroes of the Goodwin Sands
Thomas Stanley Treanor
Closely reef the fore-topsail,” he added; “man the fore-topsail braces.The Heir of Kilfinnan
- nautical a sail set on a fore-topmast
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