press of sail

noun Nautical.

as much sail as the wind or other conditions will permit a ship to carry.

Origin of press of sail

First recorded in 1585–95
Also called press of canvas. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for press of sail

press of sail


nautical the most sail a vessel can carry under given conditionsAlso called: press of canvas

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