crossjack

[ kraws-jak, kros-; Nautical kraw-jik, kroj-ik ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌdʒæk, ˈkrɒs-; Nautical ˈkrɔ dʒɪk, ˈkrɒdʒ ɪk /
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noun Nautical.

the lowermost square sail set on the mizzenmast of a ship or of a bark with four or more masts; mizzen course.

Nearby words

  1. crosshatch,
  2. crosshead,
  3. crossing,
  4. crossing guard,
  5. crossing over,
  6. crosslet,
  7. crosslight,
  8. crossline,
  9. crossly,
  10. crossman

Origin of crossjack

First recorded in 1620–30; cross- + jack1

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Examples from the Web for crossjack

  • In comes the brace till the trim suits the mate, when he calls out 'Turn the crossjack brace!'

    All Afloat|William Wood


British Dictionary definitions for crossjack

crossjack

/ (ˈkrɒsˌdʒæk, nautical ˈkrɔːdʒɪk, ˈkrɒdʒ-) /

noun

nautical a square sail on a ship's mizzenmast
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