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[skwair-rigd] /ˈskwɛərˈrɪgd/
adjective, Nautical.
having square sails as the principal sails.
Origin of square-rigged
First recorded in 1760-70
Related forms
square-rigger, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • That she was "square-rigged," and generally of the then prevalent style of vessels of her size and class, is altogether probable.

  • The ship went on, for a square-rigged craft may not round to in a gale.

  • As Carew was unacquainted with the management of square-rigged craft, Baptiste gave the orders.

    A Desperate Voyage Edward Frederick Knight
  • And vessels (not square-rigged), if found unlicensed, were also to be forfeited.

  • It is now a magnificent city, and upwards of a thousand square-rigged vessels anchor annually in the roads.

    The Mate of the Lily W. H. G. Kingston
  • As everyone familiar with the sea is aware, the seamanship of the square-rigged vessel and of the fore-and-aft is very different.

  • That week they finished a large, square mat, fairly close in texture, which they felt sure could be used as a square-rigged sail.

    The Young Alaskans Emerson Hough
  • First I made out the topgallant-sails; then the topsails; and at last the courses of a square-rigged schooner.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • square-rigged vessel, sir, with a broad spread of white canvas.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • The latter and the fore and main masts were square-rigged, and the mizzen was lateen-rigged.

    Ancient and Modern Ships. George C. V. Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for square-rigged


(nautical) rigged with square sails
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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