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wind sail

[wind] /wɪnd/
noun, Nautical.
a sail rigged over a hatchway, ventilator, or the like, to divert moving air downward into the vessel.
Origin of wind sail
First recorded in 1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The windsail hangs limp and breathless, and the thermometer stands at 120° Fah.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • There was no suggestion of oppressiveness in the air and a windsail was not necessary to keep the cabin fresh and cool.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
  • If clear decks are wanted, the windsail is about as inconvenient as it is ugly, and that is saying a great deal.

  • The flaps of the windsail hang dead, the sides of the canvas tube have fallen in like the neck of a skinny old man.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • Away southward lies a black streak on the sky-line and the windsail flickers a little.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • The sky to the southward is a jet-black mass of clouds, and the windsail is yawing in a strong, cool breeze.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • The breeze from the windsail blew some of the snuff out of the box into the eyes of Macallan.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for windsail


a sail rigged as an air scoop over a hatch or companionway to catch breezes and divert them below
any of the vanes or sails of a windmill
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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