square sail

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  1. a sail set beneath a horizontal yard, the normal position of which, when not trimmed to the wind, is directly athwartships.

Origin of square sail

First recorded in 1590–1600

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How to use square sail in a sentence

  • The end of the whale line was then hooked to the clewline of the fore-square-sail, which had been detached for the purpose.

    Down the Rhine | Oliver Optic
  • She's a brigantine, and there are sprits'ls on both masts, and only one square sail on the foremast.

    Somehow Good | William de Morgan
  • Both these kinds of vessels were provided with a mast, a square sail, and coils of cordage known by the name of cordelles.

  • If it goes round a point more we will get the square-sail ready for hoisting.

    The Queen's Cup | G. A. Henty
  • The cutter followed her example, and hoisted a large square sail.

    With Wolfe in Canada | G. A. Henty

British Dictionary definitions for square sail

square sail

  1. nautical a rectangular or square sail set on a horizontal yard rigged more or less athwartships

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