mainsail

[ meyn-seyl; Nautical meyn-suh l ]
/ ˈmeɪnˌseɪl; Nautical ˈmeɪn səl /
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noun Nautical.

the lowermost sail on a mainmast.

Nearby words

  1. mainliner,
  2. mainly,
  3. mainmast,
  4. mainour,
  5. mains,
  6. mainsheet,
  7. mainspring,
  8. mainstay,
  9. mainstream,
  10. mainstream corporation tax

Origin of mainsail

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at main1, sail

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British Dictionary definitions for mainsail

mainsail

/ (ˈmeɪnˌseɪl, nautical ˈmeɪnsəl) /

noun

nautical the largest and lowermost sail on the mainmast
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