gaff topsail

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noun Nautical.

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.

Nearby words

  1. gaeltacht,
  2. gaeta,
  3. gaff,
  4. gaff rig,
  5. gaff sail,
  6. gaff-rigged,
  7. gaff-topsail,
  8. gaff-topsail catfish,
  9. gaffe,
  10. gaffer

Origin of gaff topsail

First recorded in 1785–95

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British Dictionary definitions for gaff-topsail

gaff-topsail

noun

a sail set above a gaffsail
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