[ fohr-top-seyl, fawr-; Nautical fohr-top-suhl, fawr- ]

  1. a topsail set on a foremast on a ship.

Origin of fore-topsail

First recorded in 1575–85

Words Nearby fore-topsail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fore-topsail in a sentence

  • On the 10th of January, it was impossible to work our fore-topsail.

  • Then there was a dull explosion heard even above the gale, and the fore-topsail split into ribbons.

  • At the second broadside, down came her fore-topsail-yard, followed soon afterwards by the fore-topmast.

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  • The foreyard had been sprung, or True Blue would have brought the vessel to under her fore-topsail.

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  • The topsail-yard being fished, set the fore topsail standing for the enemy's fleet; people employed repairing the rigging.

British Dictionary definitions for fore-topsail


/ (fɔːˈtɒpˌseɪl, nautical fɔːˈtɒpsəl) /

  1. nautical a sail set on a fore-topmast

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