[ trahy-seyl; Nautical trahy-suh l ]
/ ˈtraɪˌseɪl; Nautical ˈtraɪ səl /

noun Nautical.

a triangular or quadrilateral sail having its luff hooped or otherwise bent to a mast, used for lying to or keeping a vessel headed into the wind; spencer.

Origin of trysail

First recorded in 1760–70; try + sail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trysail


/ (ˈtraɪˌseɪl, nautical ˈtraɪsəl) /


a small fore-and-aft sail, triangular or square, set on the mainmast of a sailing vessel in foul weather to help keep her head to the windAlso called: storm trysail

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