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topsail

[ top-seyl; Nautical top-suhl ]
/ ˈtɒpˌseɪl; Nautical ˈtɒp səl /
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noun Nautical.
a sail, or either of a pair of sails, set immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast.
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Origin of topsail

First recorded in 1350–1400, topsail is from the Middle English word topseil.See top1, sail
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British Dictionary definitions for topsail

topsail
/ (ˈtɒpˌseɪl, nautical ˈtɒpsəl) /

noun
a square sail carried on a yard set on a topmast
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