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topgallant sail

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noun Nautical.
  1. a sail or either of two sails set on the yard or yards of a topgallant mast.
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Origin of topgallant sail

First recorded in 1580–90
Also called topgallant.
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Historical Examples

  • On this we managed to spread a topgallant-sail, which helped her along famously.

    Salt Water

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • Loose and set the topsail and topgallant-sail, and throw them aback!

    The Rover's Secret

    Harry Collingwood

  • And at this moment the watch swarmed on to the poop to haul on the port-braces of the mizzen-sky-sail, royal and topgallant-sail.

  • He said grace as if he were ordering the men to sheet home the topgallant-sail and get the helm up.

    Man Overboard!

    F(rancis) Marion Crawford

  • Five minutes sufficed for this job, and we then reset our topgallant-sail and flying-jib, and shifted our gaff-topsail.