[ meyn-top-seyl; Nautical meyn-top-suhl ]
/ ˌmeɪnˈtɒpˌseɪl; Nautical ˌmeɪnˈtɒp səl /
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a topsail set on the mainmast.
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Origin of main-topsail
First recorded in 1610–20
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How to use main-topsail in a sentence
The Guerriere backed her maintopsail and waited for the American to commence the action.The Cruise of the "Lively Bee"|John De Morgan
Then he walked forward to the break of the poop, and blinked very hard at nothing in particular in the belly of the maintopsail.Brothers of Peril|Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Needham took good aim: the shot, passing through the maintopsail, struck the foretopmast, which fell over the side.The Three Lieutenants|W.H.G. Kingston
Up with the helm, lower the peak, ease away the main-sheet, square away the maintopsail!Ben Hadden|W.H.G. Kingston
The foremast had a square foresail, the mainmast a mainsail and maintopsail, and there was a spritsail on the bowsprit.
British Dictionary definitions for main-topsail
/ (ˌmeɪnˈtɒpseɪl, nautical ˌmeɪnˈtɒpsəl) /
nautical a topsail set on the mainmast
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