- a net secured between a pier and a ship, beneath cargo being transferred from one to the other.
- a sail for utilizing wind spilled from the regular sails of a vessel: used in very light winds.
Origin of save-all
Examples from the Web for save-all
Another curious illuminating appurtenance was called a save-all or candle-wedge.Customs and Fashions in Old New England|Alice Morse Earle
Under every lamp stands a sort of “save-all,” consisting of a small skin basket for catching the oil that falls over.Journal of the Third Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage|William Edward Parry
The business of the dairy, like the feeding of hogs and poultry, is originally carried on as a save-all.
For this reason the trough into which it falls from the revolving "wire" is called the "save-all."A Book of Exposition|Homer Heath Nugent
A save-all, or small sail, set occasionally under the lower studding-sail or driver-boom, in a fair wind and smooth sea.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for save-all
- a net used while loading a ship
- a light sail set to catch wind spilling from another sail