[ jak-yahrd ]
/ ˈdʒækˌyɑrd /

noun Nautical.

a small, inclined spar upholding the head of a quadrangular gaff topsail similar in form to a lugsail.

Origin of jackyard

First recorded in 1880–85; jack1 + yard2
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Examples from the Web for jackyard

  • A jackyard topsail that requires no topmast can be set, and a spinnaker will be found very useful for running in light weather.

  • She might well have carried her jackyard topsail going west, and certainly wanted it, coming back with sheets off.

  • One yard ought to serve for both the gaff and jackyard topsail, and these sails should be made the same length on the head.

  • Jackyard topsails and bowsprit spinnakers preened before it.

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