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lugsail

[luhg-seyl; Nautical luhg-suh l]
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noun Nautical.
  1. a quadrilateral sail bent upon a yard that crosses the mast obliquely.
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Origin of lugsail

1670–80; Middle English lugge pole (now dial.; cf. log1) + sail
Also called lug.
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Historical Examples

  • She carried her full complement of oars, a mast, and lugsail.

    His Unknown Wife

    Louis Tracy

  • The peak of her lugsail is cut very high, and her mast, yard, and boom are very light and workmanlike.

  • This will be only a small expense, since the great peak of the lugsail will allow of its head being squared.

  • Marston had had the lugsail and jib made in England by a famous yacht-chandler, and the boat was fast.

    Wyndham's Pal

    Harold Bindloss

  • She rolled on the angry combers and the boom that stretched the lugsail's foot tossed up.

    Wyndham's Pal

    Harold Bindloss


British Dictionary definitions for lugsail

lugsail

lug (lʌɡ)

noun
  1. nautical a four-sided sail bent and hoisted on a yard
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps from Middle English (now dialect) lugge pole, or from lugge ear
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