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[fawr-stey-seyl, fohr-; Nautical fawr-stey-suh l, fohr-]
  1. a triangular sail set on a forestay; the innermost headsail of a vessel.
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Origin of forestaysail

First recorded in 1735–45; forestay + sail
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Examples from the Web for forestaysail

Historical Examples

  • John had no resource but to put up a forestaysail, and run before the gale.

    In Search of the Castaways

    Jules Verne

  • It carried two jibs, besides the forestaysail, but these were now furled.

    The Rival Campers

    Ruel Perley Smith

  • I sailed comfortably on under the jib and forestaysail, which I now set.

  • In old times the boats simply carried mainsail, foresail, and forestaysail and jib.

    The Sea Rovers

    Rufus Rockwell Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for forestaysail


  1. nautical the triangular headsail set aftermost on a vessel
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