[ jak-yahrd ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby jackyard

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How to use jackyard in a sentence

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

    Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
  • jackyard topsails and bowsprit spinnakers preened before it.

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

    Yachting Vol. 1 | Various.
  • One yard ought to serve for both the gaff and jackyard topsail, and these sails should be made the same length on the head.

    Yachting Vol. 1 | Various.