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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. 2018.
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  • She may also carry a main-topsail, and is then termed a two-topsail schooner.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Everything was taken in with the exception of a main-topsail and storm trysail.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • “Hold fast then with the main-topsail braces,” cried the captain.

    Peter the Whaler 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
  • “Clear the anchor, and clew up the main-topsail,” shouted the mate.

    The Golden Dream R.M. Ballantyne
  • Presently the sheets were let fly, the main-topsail was backed against the mast.

    Dick Cheveley 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
  • Now stand by to let run your fore and main-topsail halliards!

    The Cruise of the "Esmeralda" Harry Collingwood
  • Presently a voice from the top exclaimed that there was a rent in the main-topsail.

    Sea Stories Various
  • She had set her main-topsail, and was between Herm and Jethou.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo

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