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square sail

n. Nautical
A four-sided sail extended by a yard suspended horizontally across the mast.

square sail

n
(Nautical Terms) nautical a rectangular or square sail set on a horizontal yard rigged more or less athwartships

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n.
a sail bent to a horizontal yard set athwartships.
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Noun1.square sail - a four-sided sail set beneath a horizontal yard suspended at the middle from a mastsquare sail - a four-sided sail set beneath a horizontal yard suspended at the middle from a mast
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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He laid himself down upon a folded sail, not interfering with anything whilst the bark prepared for sea; and, with its large, square sail, it was fairly out within two hours.
the same that blew now: and having no sails to work the ship with but a main course, and a kind of square sail upon a jury fore-mast, which they had set up, they could not lie near the wind, but were endeavouring to stand away for the Canaries.
Each of these has a raised deck aft and is rigged with three masts: a centrally located mainmast, with a square sail and a top square sail on a topmast, a foremast placed near the stem with similar rigging, and a smaller mast just forward of the tiller with a lateen sail.
And the rectangular sail, the broad top sail, and parallel quadrilateral sail all belong to the square sail.
Shane McCarthy, of production firm Square Sail Ventures, said: "I'm delighted to be the new owner of this iconic business.
Each group then changes that identified variable: one group may use a square sail, another a triangular shape, but keeping all other variables identical.
What emerged to fill this need was the cog--a simple, rugged, double-ended, clinkerbuilt ship with a single mast amidships and setting a single square sail on a yard.
We seem called on to envisage a ship with a clinker-built hull of overlapping planks, a single square sail, and a complex of standing and running rigging (cordes).
During its 44 days afloat, the longship's only means of propulsion will be 30 pairs of oars and its huge square sail.
These are thought not to originate in a Latin verb but rather in a plural noun podia which can in turn be traced to the Greek noun [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 'little foot,' which seems initially to have referred to a line from the lower edge of a square sail, that is, a sheet.