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flying jib

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

First recorded in 1825–35
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Historical Examples of 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

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for flying jib

flying jib

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