foresail

[fawr-seyl, fohr-; Nautical fawr-suh l, fohr-]
noun Nautical.
  1. the lowermost sail on a foremast.
  2. the staysail or jib, set immediately forward of the mainmast of a sloop, cutter, knockabout, yawl, ketch, or dandy.

Origin of foresail

First recorded in 1475–85; fore- + sail
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Examples from the Web for foresail

Historical Examples of foresail

  • The foresail was brailed, and the foot stopped, and the flying-jib was stowed.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The foresail and fore-topsail we managed to save, but all our light canvass went.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The fore-topsail had been mended as well as the foresail, and was set anew.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Captain Truck now ordered the foresail, which, by this time was ready, to be set.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • For instance, there is the jib halyard and the foresail halyard.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates


British Dictionary definitions for foresail

foresail

noun nautical
  1. the aftermost headsail of a fore-and-aft rigged vessel
  2. the lowest sail set on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel
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