headsail

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head·sail

 (hĕd′səl, -sāl′)
n. Nautical
A sail, such as a jib, set forward of a foremast.

headsail

(ˈhɛdˌseɪl; ˈhɛdsəl)
n
(Nautical Terms) any sail set forward of the foremast

head•sail

(ˈhɛdˌseɪl; Naut. -səl)

n.
any of various jibs or staysails set forward of the foremost mast of a vessel.
[1620–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.headsail - any sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
sail, canvass, canvas, sheet - a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
spinnaker - a large and usually triangular headsail; carried by a yacht as a headsail when running before the wind
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The schooner seemed to be straying promiscuously through the smother, her head-sail banging wildly.
Technically speaking, they are "secured in-board"; and, on the forecastle head, lashed down to ring-bolts with ropes and chains, under the straining sheets of the head-sails, they look very idle and as if asleep.
Forward, though they could not see them, they knew that the head-sails were still drawing.