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foresail

[ fawr-seyl, fohr-; Nautical fawr-suhl, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌseɪl, ˈfoʊr-; Nautical ˈfɔr səl, ˈfoʊr- /
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noun Nautical.
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.
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Origin of foresail

First recorded in 1475–85; fore- + sail
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British Dictionary definitions for foresail

foresail
/ (ˈfɔːˌseɪl, nautical ˈfɔːsəl) /

noun nautical
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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