- the outer or outermost of two or more jibs, set well above the jib boom.
Origin of flying jib
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for flying jib
The foresail was brailed, and the foot stopped, and the flying-jib was stowed.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Only one light sail was left to him in condition for setting—the flying-jib.Admiral Farragut
A. T. Mahan
Between it and the bowsprit are the fore-stay-sail, jib, and flying-jib.Man on the Ocean
The flying-jib and the jib were taken in, and a reef put in the fore-staysail.
Four or five of these gusts make me wish that the jib and flying-jib were in.
- the jib set furthest forward or outboard on a vessel with two or more jibs
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