[ meyn-sheet ]

  1. a sheet of a mainsail.

Origin of mainsheet

First recorded in 1475–85; see origin at main1, sheet1

Words Nearby mainsheet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use mainsheet in a sentence

  • If she steers hard trim your mainsheet aft and it will ease her.

    On Yacht Sailing | Thomas Fleming Day
  • Seaport towns are full of mainsheet-men; they hop upon one leg, my son, what's left of them, and the rest are dead.

    The Ebb-Tide | Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
  • The Ghost swung around into the wind, and I finished my work forward in time to run aft and lend a hand with the mainsheet.

    The Sea-Wolf | Jack London
  • Louise hastily shifted to the opposite side as a counter-balance, and in so doing, released the mainsheet.

    Saboteurs on the River | Mildred A. Wirt
  • He fancied he cried out in warning, but was never sure of it, though three men came running to seize the mainsheet.

    Masters of the Wheat-Lands | Harold Bindloss

British Dictionary definitions for mainsheet


/ (ˈmeɪnˌʃiːt) /

  1. nautical the line used to control the angle of the mainsail to the wind

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