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

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for square sail

Historical Examples

  • Frequently resorted to for the staysails, square-sail yard, &c.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The bowsprit was crossed by a heavy spar, on which a square-sail was hoisted.

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

    The Queen's Cup

    G. A. Henty

  • When round, they came again upon even terms, as 'Livonia' had to luff and to lower her square-sail.

  • The term is applied to any fore-and-aft vessels setting a square-sail, flying, below the lower cross-trees.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth


British Dictionary definitions for square sail

square sail

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