a sail extended by a sprit.
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How to use spritsail in a sentence
Hell want a bigger kerchief than a spritsail now, Ill be bound.In Search of Mademoiselle | George Gibbs
The spritsail filled with the wind, suddenly, careening the frail open craft till it seemed it would surely capsize.The Sea-Wolf | Jack London
The spritsail flapped emptily and the boat righted to an even keel, causing the two men swiftly to change position.The Sea-Wolf | Jack London
Early in the morning I had noticed a tiny outrigger canoe, with an impossible spritsail, skimming the surface of the lagoon.The Cruise of the Snark | Jack London
The people rushed from the guns, and crowded out upon the bowsprit, the spritsail-yard, and the knightheads.The Naval History of the United States | Willis J. Abbot.
British Dictionary definitions for spritsail
a rectangular sail mounted on a sprit in some 19th-century small vessels
(in medieval rigging) a square sail mounted on a yard on the bowsprit