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


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


(ˈhɛdˌseɪl; Naut. -səl)

any of various jibs or staysails set forward of the foremost mast of a vessel.
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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.
The wind was now dead astern, muttering and puffing stronger and stronger, and my head-sails were pounding lustily.
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.