Mainsail Main"sail` (m[=a]n"s[=a]l`), n. (Naut.) The principal sail in a ship or other vessel. [1913 Webster]

[They] hoised up the mainsail to the wind. -- Acts xxvii. 40. [1913 Webster]

Note: The mainsail of a ship is extended upon a yard attached to the mainmast, and that of a sloop or schooner upon the boom. [1913 Webster]

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  • mainsail — [mān′sāl΄; ] naut. [, mān′səl] n. 1. in a square rigged vessel, the sail set from the main yard 2. in a fore and aft rigged vessel, the large sail set from the after side of the mainmast …   English World dictionary

  • Mainsail — For the MAchine INdependent implementation of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Language, see SAIL (programming language). The mainsail of this cutter is indicated in red …   Wikipedia

  • mainsail — UK [ˈmeɪnˌseɪl] / US / US [ˈmeɪns(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms mainsail : singular mainsail plural mainsails the largest sail on a ship …   English dictionary

  • mainsail — noun Date: 15th century the principal sail on the mainmast see sail illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mainsail — /mayn sayl /; Naut. /mayn seuhl/, n. Naut. the lowermost sail on a mainmast. See diag. under ship. [1425 75; late ME; see MAIN1, SAIL] * * * …   Universalium

  • mainsail — noun The largest (or only) sail on a sailing vessel …   Wiktionary

  • mainsail — main|sail [ˈmeınsəl US seıl] n the largest and most important sail on a ship …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mainsail — main|sail [ meın,seıl, meınsl ] noun count the largest sail on a ship …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mainsail — principal sail on a ship s mainmast Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • mainsail — main·sail || meɪnseɪl, sl n. sail on the lower part of the mainmast (Nautical) …   English contemporary dictionary