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[meyn-top-seyl; Nautical meyn-top-suh l] /ˌmeɪnˈtɒpˌseɪl; Nautical ˌmeɪnˈtɒp səl/
noun, Nautical.
a topsail set on the mainmast.
Origin of main-topsail
First recorded in 1610-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • An order well understood to mean, fill the main-topsail, after it has been aback, or the ship hove-to.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • “Hold fast then with the main-topsail braces,” cried the captain.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • She was hove to, with her mizzen-topsail aback and the main-topsail shivering, waiting for us.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • The chase on this hoisted a blue ensign and hove-to with main-topsail to the mast.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • The mainsail and fore-topsail were furled, leaving her to jog along under the main-topsail, foresail, and fore-topmast staysail.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • “Clear the anchor, and clew up the main-topsail,” shouted the mate.

    The Golden Dream R.M. Ballantyne
  • Captain Magor now ordered the mainsail to be hauled out, and the main-topsail and maintop-gallant-sail to be set.

    The Two Supercargoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • The main-topsail was taken in, and the ship left under the main topsail only.

    The Wreck on the Andamans Joseph Darvall
  • Everything was taken in with the exception of a main-topsail and storm trysail.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • Now stand by to let run your fore and main-topsail halliards!

    The Cruise of the "Esmeralda" Harry Collingwood

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