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main yard

noun, Nautical.
a yard for a square mainsail.
Origin of main yard
First recorded in 1475-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They both clung to the main yard of the ship, which had broken from the mast, and now supported them.

  • He was made a waister, and, at furling sails stationed on the main yard.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • Lay up on that main yard and furl the sail, before it blows to tatters!

  • Ease off the main sheet, and, as she falls off, brace in the main yard a little.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • The netting should be 1-inch mesh for the main yard (for adults) and 1-inch mesh for the breeding pens.

    Fur Farming For Profit Hermon Basil Laymon
  • Since the master would not shorten sail, the ship was fired on and forced to return by the destruction of its main yard.

    Rulers of India: Albuquerque Henry Morse Stephens
  • The ship rolled almost down to her beam ends, and the crests of the waves seemed to be above the level of the main yard.

    Outward Bound Oliver Optic
  • She came to, main yard hauled back, and lay in that position a quarter of an hour or more.

    The Arctic Whaleman Lewis Holmes
  • We divided our work; some took the lanyards of the top-mast rigging; I, the slings of the main yard.

    Frank Mildmay Captain Frederick Marryat
  • He walked out of the shop, following a group of prisoners through the archway into the main yard.

    Alarm Clock Everett B. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for main yard

main yard

(nautical) a yard for a square mainsail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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