Also called fore-and-aft topsail. a jib-headed fore-and-aft sail set above a gaff.
a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail set above the spanker of a bark, between the gaff of the spanker and an upper gaff.
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Origin of gaff topsail
First recorded in 1785–95
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022
How to use gaff topsail in a sentence
Meanwhile, on the other end, US Airways seems genuinely confused by their gaff.
Moreover, although she carried an enormous club-topsail and a mainsail of big area, she heeled over the least of any of the boats.
If with the Vice-Admiral he will hoist a white flag at the end of the gaff or derrick, and fire two guns.
When he would have the fleet come to an anchor, he will show double Dutch colours at the end of his gaff and fire a gun.
The bowlines on the luff of the gaff topsails should be particularly noticed as a feature of this period.
Unfortunately 'Meteor' and 'Iverna' were not competing, the former having damaged her gaff.
British Dictionary definitions for gaff topsail
a sail set above a gaffsail
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