any of various jibs or staysails set forward of the foremost mast of a vessel.
any sail set on a foremast, especially on a vessel having three or more masts.
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How to use headsail in a sentence
John Paul himself taught me to tack and wear ship, and MacMuir to stow a headsail.Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
The essentials of the schooner are two fore-and-aft sails and a headsail (jib), any other sails being incidental.Some Notes on Shipbuilding and Shipping in Colonial Virginia | Cerinda W. Evans
The young skipper was determined to test the question, and, lashing the helm, he hoisted her headsail.Little Bobtail | Oliver Optic
From for'ard came the jerking rattle of headsail halyards through the sheaves.A Son Of The Sun | Jack London
The helm was put up—the aftersails were brailed up and furled—more headsail was got on her.Salt Water | W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for headsail
any sail set forward of the foremast
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