main yard


noun Nautical.

a yard for a square mainsail.

Origin of main yard

First recorded in 1475–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for main yard

Historical Examples of main yard

  • Raise tacks and sheets, round with the main-yard, and flatten in forward.

    The Voyage of the Aurora

    Harry Collingwood

  • At that instant she turned round, and her main-yard got foul of our after-rigging.

    Old Jack

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Man the main-braces, some of you, and stand by to heave the main-yard aback.

    The Missing Merchantman

    Harry Collingwood

  • Several struck her, and at last her main-yard was knocked away.

    Paddy Finn

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • Our only squaresail was a spritsail at the main-yard to serve as a mainsail.

    Hurricane Hurry

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for main yard

main yard


nautical a yard for a square mainsail
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