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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. 2017.
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  • The moment Coxon saw me he told me to go forward and set all hands to close-reef the fore-topsail.

  • They loosed the fore-topsail and they set the foretopmast staysail.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands Thomas Stanley Treanor
  • Thus when the fore-topsail was to be reefed, Harry eagerly sought, and was the first man out on, the yard-arm.

    The Ferryman of Brill William H. G. Kingston
  • Closely reef the fore-topsail,” he added; “man the fore-topsail braces.

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • A gale of wind occurred on the coast, and the crew were ordered aloft to reef the fore-topsail.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • The fore-topsail had been mended as well as the foresail, and was set anew.

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

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • The foresail and fore-topsail we managed to save, but all our light canvass went.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • "She has gone down the river; and the last I saw of her, she was shaking out her fore-topsail," I replied.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • We next tried the fore-topsail, close-reefed, and this stood.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
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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