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press of sail

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noun Nautical.
  1. as much sail as the wind or other conditions will permit a ship to carry.
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Origin of press of sail

First recorded in 1585–95
Also called press of canvas.
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press of sail

noun
  1. nautical the most sail a vessel can carry under given conditionsAlso called: press of canvas
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