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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How to use foresail in a sentence
The two were under the same canvas, each with jibheader over single-reef mainsails, foresail, and jib.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
The captain got his glass, and climbed up to the gaff of the foresail.Left on Labrador | Charles Asbury Stephens
We kept the foresail and the jib set, and jogged on, doubling amid the ice.Left on Labrador | Charles Asbury Stephens
The mainsail was set to a chorus like the crying of sea fowl and the foresail and jib.The Beach of Dreams | H. De Vere Stacpoole
With a run the foresail and mainsail were lowered and furled.Boy Scouts in the North Sea | G. Harvey Ralphson
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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