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[jak-yahrd] /ˈdʒækˌyɑrd/
noun, Nautical.
a small, inclined spar upholding the head of a quadrangular gaff topsail similar in form to a lugsail.
Origin of jackyard
First recorded in 1880-85; jack1 + yard2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A jackyard topsail that requires no topmast can be set, and a spinnaker will be found very useful for running in light weather.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • One yard ought to serve for both the gaff and jackyard topsail, and these sails should be made the same length on the head.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • She might well have carried her jackyard topsail going west, and certainly wanted it, coming back with sheets off.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • jackyard topsails and bowsprit spinnakers preened before it.

    The Message Louis Tracy

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