[top-seyl; Nautical top-suh l]
- a sail, or either of a pair of sails, set immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast.
Origin of topsail
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Examples from the Web for topsail
At Topsail Inlet he ran his own vessel aground, as though by accident.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
When I headed after you I could not so much as catch a glimpse of your topsail.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
That topsail should have been in,' muttered the mate; 'but I'm not captain.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
It is the old story of paying one's debts with the topsail sheet.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
The larger boat backed her topsail with shrieks and shoutings."Captains Courageous"
- a square sail carried on a yard set on a topmast
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