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topsail

[top-seyl; Nautical top-suh l] /ˈtɒpˌseɪl; Nautical ˈtɒp səl/
noun, Nautical.
1.
a sail, or either of a pair of sails, set immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast.
Origin of topsail
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, topsail is from the Middle English word topseil. See top1, sail
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topsail

/ˈtɒpˌseɪl; nautical ˈtɒpsəl/
noun
1.
a square sail carried on a yard set on a topmast
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