- a sail or either of two sails set on the yard or yards of a topgallant mast.
Origin of topgallant sail
First recorded in 1580–90
Also called topgallant.
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Examples from the Web for topgallant sail
On this we managed to spread a topgallant-sail, which helped her along famously.Salt Water
W. H. G. Kingston
Loose and set the topsail and topgallant-sail, and throw them aback!The Rover's Secret
And at this moment the watch swarmed on to the poop to haul on the port-braces of the mizzen-sky-sail, royal and topgallant-sail.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
He said grace as if he were ordering the men to sheet home the topgallant-sail and get the helm up.Man Overboard!
F(rancis) Marion Crawford
Five minutes sufficed for this job, and we then reset our topgallant-sail and flying-jib, and shifted our gaff-topsail.The Log of a Privateersman