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[meyn-top-seyl; Nautical meyn-top-suh l]
noun Nautical.
  1. a topsail set on the mainmast.
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Origin of main-topsail

First recorded in 1610–20
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Examples from the Web for maintopsail

Historical Examples

  • The foresail was still standing, also half of the maintopsail.

    Grace Darling

    Eva Hope

  • Her commander ordered the brig's maintopsail to be hove to the mast.

  • The musket was fired, and the brig came to the wind with her maintopsail to the mast.

  • The Guerriere backed her maintopsail and waited for the American to commence the action.

  • Towards Noon it moderated, so that we could bear our Maintopsail close Reefd.

British Dictionary definitions for maintopsail


  1. nautical a topsail set on the mainmast
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