flying jib

  1. the outer or outermost of two or more jibs, set well above the jib boom.

Origin of flying jib

First recorded in 1825–35

Words Nearby flying jib Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use flying jib in a sentence

  • But after clearing the Cape we rigged a flying-jib, and, as the Captain had prophesied, soon showed our consorts our heels.

    Cape Cod | Henry D. Thoreau
  • At half-past one he stowed the flying-jib, reefed the mainsail, and took the bonnet off the jib.

    The Pathfinder | James Fenimore Cooper
  • Her mother was inviting Mr. Bayard to call on them at the flying jib.

    A Singular Life | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • The outer one we can see is the "flying-jib," on the flying-jibboom.

  • We ran down the flying jib, hauled the jib-sheets to wind-ward and the main-sheet flat, and came up into the wind.

    The Sea-Wolf | Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for flying jib

flying jib

  1. the jib set furthest forward or outboard on a vessel with two or more jibs

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