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[stey-seyl; Nautical stey-suh l] /ˈsteɪˌseɪl; Nautical ˈsteɪ səl/
noun, Nautical.
any sail set on a stay, as a triangular sail between two masts.
Origin of staysail
First recorded in 1660-70; stay3 + sail Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • She was well rigged, too, having a staysail and gafftopsail.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster
  • Hoist away the jib and staysail; fore-sheets over to starboard.

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
  • Man the jib and staysail downhauls, let go the halliards, haul down.

    The Rover's Secret Harry Collingwood
  • It was fortunate that we got the staysail hoisted for us, or we could have made nothing of it.

    Poor Jack Frederick Marryat
  • They set that, cast two jibs and the staysail loose, and let them lie.

    Masters of the Wheat-Lands

    Harold Bindloss
  • "Stand by to hoist the staysail," said he, as he came forward.

    There She Blows! William Hussey Macy
  • What would you have done if we had set the staysail when we first got under way?

    There She Blows! William Hussey Macy
  • The staysail had chain halyards and Marston sent a man aloft with a grease-swab.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • And along here the staysail came off the Withrow and eased her a lot.

    The Seiners

    James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  • I suppose you'd find her hard to steer if I lowered the staysail?

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for staysail


/ˈsteɪˌseɪl; ˈsteɪsəl/
an auxiliary sail, often triangular, set to catch the wind, as between the masts of a yawl (mizzen staysail), aft of a spinnaker (spinnaker staysail), etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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