windsail

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windsail

(ˈwɪndˌseɪl)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) a sail rigged as an air scoop over a hatch or companionway to catch breezes and divert them below
2. (Mechanical Engineering) any of the vanes or sails of a windmill
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The whole is lighted by a skylight, but it is fast closed; and from the roof there dangle, limp and drooping, two useless windsails.
Among the great beams, bulks, and ringbolts of the ship, and the emigrant-berths, and chests, and bundles, and barrels, and heaps of miscellaneous baggage -'lighted up, here and there, by dangling lanterns; and elsewhere by the yellow daylight straying down a windsail or a hatchway - were crowded groups of people, making new friendships, taking leave of one another, talking, laughing, crying, eating and drinking; some, already settled down into the possession of their few feet of space, with their little households arranged, and tiny children established on stools, or in dwarf elbow-chairs; others, despairing of a resting-place, and wandering disconsolately.
Windsails, an exhibition by Cheshire textile artist Wendy Rudd, runs from August 1-17.
On a good day on the first leg of the journey, when much of the skiing was uphill, the two covered seven to 10 miles a day, Later, with huge billowy windsails strapped to their bodies, they easily tripled that distance, one day even traveling an astounding 64.
For example, breaks, windsails and bellows were devised to control the revolutions of the wheel, while slide rules were adopted to calculate the work-rate and clock bells were installed to ring at the end of a treading stint.