[fawr-seyl, fohr-; Nautical fawr-suh l, fohr-]
the lowermost sail on a foremast.
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-
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for foresail
Historical Examples of foresail
The foresail was brailed, and the foot stopped, and the flying-jib was stowed.
The foresail and fore-topsail we managed to save, but all our light canvass went.
The fore-topsail had been mended as well as the foresail, and was set anew.
Captain Truck now ordered the foresail, which, by this time was ready, to be set.
For instance, there is the jib halyard and the foresail halyard.
British Dictionary definitions for foresail
the aftermost headsail of a fore-and-aft rigged vessel
the lowest sail set on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel
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