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[fawr-stey-seyl, fohr-; Nautical fawr-stey-suh l, fohr-] /ˌfɔrˈsteɪˌseɪl, ˌfoʊr-; Nautical ˌfɔrˈsteɪ səl, ˌfoʊr-/
a triangular sail set on a forestay; the innermost headsail of a vessel.
Origin of forestaysail
First recorded in 1735-45; forestay + sail Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • John had no resource but to put up a forestaysail, and run before the gale.

  • It carried two jibs, besides the forestaysail, but these were now furled.

    The Rival Campers Ruel Perley Smith
  • I sailed comfortably on under the jib and forestaysail, which I now set.

  • In old times the boats simply carried mainsail, foresail, and forestaysail and jib.

    The Sea Rovers Rufus Rockwell Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for forestaysail


/fɔːˈsteɪˌseɪl; nautical fɔːˈsteɪsəl/
(nautical) the triangular headsail set aftermost on a vessel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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