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[fohr-top-seyl, fawr-; Nautical fohr-top-suh l, fawr-] /ˌfoʊrˈtɒpˌseɪl, ˌfɔr-; Nautical ˌfoʊrˈtɒp səl, ˌfɔr-/
a topsail set on a foremast on a ship.
Origin of fore-topsail
First recorded in 1575-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for fore-topsail
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  • The foresail and fore-topsail we managed to save, but all our light canvass went.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • We next tried the fore-topsail, close-reefed, and this stood.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The fore-topsail had been mended as well as the foresail, and was set anew.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • 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 W.H.G. Kingston
  • It was the fore-topsail which had been blown from the bolt-ropes.

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • Her fore-topsail could not be set while the mast was being fished.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • On the 10th of January, it was impossible to work our fore-topsail.

  • She was a screw-propeller, and rigged as a fore-topsail schooner.

    North-Pole Voyages Zachariah Atwell Mudge
  • A reef had been shaken out of the trysails, and the fore-topsail and jib were set.

    Doctor Claudius, A True Story F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for fore-topsail


/fɔːˈtɒpˌseɪl; nautical fɔːˈtɒpsəl/
(nautical) a sail set on a fore-topmast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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