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square sail

noun, Nautical.
a sail set beneath a horizontal yard, the normal position of which, when not trimmed to the wind, is directly athwartships.
Origin of square sail
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Wait a little, and as soon as the square sail is out of the way, you will see his wife.

    Percival Keene Frederick Marryat
  • The Vikings used also a square sail, which could be hoisted when required.

    The Norwegian Fjords A. Heaton Cooper
  • In this case we see the mast is erected and a square sail set.

    Ancient and Modern Ships. George C. V. Holmes
  • With the decline of square sail, a new way of seafaring opened to us.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • A hole cut in the square sail enables the voyager to see ahead.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton
  • At that age he had rigged up a square sail for a rowboat and had known many happy hours on the water.

    Sign of the Green Arrow

    Roy J. (Roy Judson) Snell
  • She's a brigantine, and there are sprits'ls on both masts, and only one square sail on the foremast.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • At the end of the bowsprit, too, appears a little top and top-mast, while a square sail is spread on a yard slung below it.

    The British Navy Book

    Cyril Field
  • The two boats ahead of the strange craft were towing a square sail through the water by a line fastened to the middle of the same.

    The Rose of Paradise Howard Pyle
  • This boat had places for twenty-two oarsmen and carried a large, square sail.

    The Boy Scouts of Bob's Hill Charles Pierce Burton
British Dictionary definitions for square sail

square sail

(nautical) a rectangular or square sail set on a horizontal yard rigged more or less athwartships
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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