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A sail set more or less parallel to the keel of a vessel, attached to a mast or stay at its foremost edge and designed to catch the wind on either surface.
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|Noun||1.||fore-and-aft sail - any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction|
fore-and-aft topsail, gaff topsail - a triangular fore-and-aft sail with its foot along the gaff and its luff on the topmast
jib - any triangular fore-and-aft sail (set forward of the foremast)
luff - (nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the 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
spanker - a fore-and-aft sail set on the aftermost lower mast (usually the mizzenmast) of a vessel
spritsail - a fore-and-aft sail extended by a sprit
staysail - a fore-and-aft sail set on a stay (as between two masts)
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