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staysail

[ stey-seyl; Nautical stey-suhl ]
/ ˈsteɪˌseɪl; Nautical ˈsteɪ səl /
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noun Nautical.

any sail set on a stay, as a triangular sail between two masts.

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Origin of staysail

First recorded in 1660–70; stay3 + sail
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British Dictionary definitions for staysail

staysail
/ (ˈsteɪˌseɪl, ˈsteɪsəl) nautical /

noun

an auxiliary sail, often triangular, set to catch the wind, as between the masts of a yawl (mizzen staysail), aft of a spinnaker (spinnaker staysail), etc
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