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mainsheet

[meyn-sheet] /ˈmeɪnˌʃit/
noun, Nautical.
1.
a sheet of a mainsail.
Origin of mainsheet
1475-1485
First recorded in 1475-85; See origin at main1, sheet1
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Examples from the Web for mainsheet
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

mainsheet

/ˈmeɪnˌʃiːt/
noun
1.
(nautical) the line used to control the angle of the mainsail to the wind
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