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[meyn-sheet] /ˈmeɪnˌʃit/
noun, Nautical.
a sheet of a mainsail.
Origin of mainsheet
First recorded in 1475-85; See origin at main1, sheet1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Come, Walter, haul in the mainsheet, and come up to the wind.

    Captain Mugford W.H.G. Kingston
  • Priscilla took the mainsheet in her hand and ordered Frank to luff a little.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • Bobtail eased off his mainsheet, and waited for the Eagle to come up.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • If she steers hard trim your mainsheet aft and it will ease her.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • Kitchell dozed in his hammock in the shadow of the mainsheet.

  • Tell him to slack off the mainsheet, and before you know it, he'd drop the peak.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
  • But I had to stick to the mainsheet and the yoke-lines, and do as best I could without rest, for the time being.

  • Always see that your mainsheet is clear, and that it cannot (p. 218) get foul of anything in running out.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • Marston was vaguely conscious that a gang of Krooboys ran to the mainsheet and Wyndham directed their efforts.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • He was dragging at the mainsheet as the big boom tilted up into the darkness above his head, while the sloop rolled heavily.

British Dictionary definitions for mainsheet


(nautical) the line used to control the angle of the mainsail to the wind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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