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 (skī′səl, -sāl′)
A small square sail above the royal in a square-rigged vessel.


1. (Nautical Terms) a square sail set above the royal on a square-rigger
2. (Nautical Terms) a triangular sail set between the trucks of a racing schooner


(ˈskaɪˌseɪl; Naut. ˈskaɪ səl)

(in a square-rigged vessel) a light square sail next above the royal.
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Noun1.skysail - the sail above the royal on a square-rigger
sail, canvass, canvas, sheet - a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
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