Forestaysail - definition of forestaysail by The Free Dictionary
fore·stay·sail (fôr′stā′səl, -sāl′)
A triangular sail set on the forestay of a sailing vessel.
forestaysail (fɔːˈsteɪˌseɪl; nautical fɔːˈsteɪsəl)
(Nautical Terms) nautical the triangular headsail set aftermost on a vessel
fore•stay•sail (ˌfɔrˈsteɪˌseɪl, ˌfoʊr-; Naut. -səl)
a triangular sail set on a forestay.
References in classic literature
and mizzen spanker were set as though an effort had been made to hold her head up into the wind, but the sheets had parted, and the sails were tearing to ribbons in the half gale of wind.