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[stuhd-ing-seyl; Nautical stuhn-suh l] /ˈstʌd ɪŋˌseɪl; Nautical ˈstʌn səl/
noun, Nautical.
a light sail, sometimes set outboard of either of the leeches of a square sail and extended by booms.
Also, stunsail, stuns'l.
Origin of studdingsail
1540-50; studding (< ?) + sail Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We did so, and that so suddenly, that the studdingsail booms snapped like pipe-shanks, short off by the irons.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • If there are any studdingsail booms on the lower or topsail yards, they must be triced up before reefing.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
British Dictionary definitions for studdingsail


/ˈstʌdɪŋˌseɪl; nautical ˈstʌnsəl/
(nautical) a light auxiliary sail set outboard on spars on either side of a square sail Also called stunsail, stuns'l
Word Origin
C16: studding, perhaps from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stōtinge, from stōten to thrust; related to German stossen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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