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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
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • With the decline of square sail, a new way of seafaring opened to us.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • The Vikings used also a square sail, which could be hoisted when required.

    The Norwegian Fjords A. Heaton Cooper
  • There was a single mast with a very large yard carrying a square sail.

    Ancient and Modern Ships. George C. V. Holmes
  • 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
  • Both these kind of vessels were provided with a mast, a square sail, and coils of cordage known by the name of cordelles.

  • 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 sail carried by this mast was a square sail of pretty good size, supported by a gaff at the top and a boom at the bottom.

    The Ice Queen Ernest Ingersoll
  • This boat had places for twenty-two oarsmen and carried a large, square sail.

    The Boy Scouts of Bob's Hill Charles Pierce Burton
  • The breeze was fresh and steady, and with her square sail set and her mizzen furled she ran along at over nine knots an hour.

    The Queen's Cup G. A. Henty
  • Refreshed in mind and body, away we went at a great rate before the breeze, with our square sail of cotton set.

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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