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A small fore-and-aft sail hoisted abaft a mast in a storm to keep a vessel's bow to the wind.
[From obsolete try, a lying to, heaving to.]
trysail(ˈtraɪˌseɪl; nautical ˈtraɪsəl)
(Nautical Terms) a small fore-and-aft sail, triangular or square, set on the mainmast of a sailing vessel in foul weather to help keep her head to the wind. Also called: storm trysail
try•sail(ˈtraɪˌseɪl; Naut. -səl)
a triangular or quadrilateral sail having its luff hooped or otherwise bent to a mast, used for lying to or keeping a vessel headed into the wind; spencer.
[1760–70; try (in sense “to lie to in heavy weather”)]