wind sail

[ wind ]

  1. a sail rigged over a hatchway, ventilator, or the like, to divert moving air downward into the vessel.

Origin of wind sail

First recorded in 1715–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use wind sail in a sentence

  • The breeze from the windsail blew some of the snuff out of the box into the eyes of Macallan.

    The King's Own | Captain Frederick Marryat
  • The flaps of the windsail hang dead, the sides of the canvas tube have fallen in like the neck of a skinny old man.

    An Ocean Tramp | William McFee
  • Away southward lies a black streak on the sky-line and the windsail flickers a little.

    An Ocean Tramp | William McFee
  • The sky to the southward is a jet-black mass of clouds, and the windsail is yawing in a strong, cool breeze.

    An Ocean Tramp | William McFee
  • There was no suggestion of oppressiveness in the air and a windsail was not necessary to keep the cabin fresh and cool.

    In the Track of the Trades | Lewis R. Freeman

British Dictionary definitions for windsail


/ (ˈwɪndˌseɪl) /

  1. a sail rigged as an air scoop over a hatch or companionway to catch breezes and divert them below

  2. any of the vanes or sails of a windmill

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