gaff sail


noun Nautical.

See under gaff1 (def. 3).

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Also called gaff-head·ed sail [gaf-hed-id]. /ˈgæfˌhɛd ɪd/.
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Example sentences from the Web for gaff sail

  • It is in form like a gaff-sail, but depends entirely on the rope of the luff for its stability.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
  • The canvas they had found was cut into a gaff-sail, while the other spar served as the gaff.

    True Blue|W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for gaff sail

gaffsail
/ (ˈɡæfˌseɪl, -səl) /

noun

a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail on a sailing vessel
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