a yard for a sail.

Origin of sailyard

before 900; Middle English seylyarde, Old English seglgyrd. See sail, yard1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sailyard

Historical Examples of sailyard

  • Any pole was a yard, and this vaguer use survives in sailyard, halyard, and in other sea-terms.

    English Past and Present

    Richard Chevenix Trench

  • Over mast and sailyard clambered the clustering vine, and dark masses of grapes hung from the branches.