sail plan


noun Naval Architecture.

a side elevation of a sailing vessel showing all sails and spars and some or all of the standing rigging, as if set directly fore-and-aft so that the true proportions are visible: sometimes combined with the rigging plan of the vessel.

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Origin of sail plan

First recorded in 1950–55
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for sail plan

  • Figs. 38 to 40 give a general view, sail-plan and lines, of this ship as reconstructed.

    Ancient and Modern Ships.|George C. V. Holmes
  • Officers of men-of-war used to come on board to take the exact dimensions of her sail-plan.

    The Mirror of the Sea|Joseph Conrad