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 (skī′səl, -sāl′)
A small square sail above the royal in a square-rigged vessel.
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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
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(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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Designed to support life and stay out at sea for an indefinite period of time, this LSV (life support vessel) houses three sustainable energy sources ( 4,305 square feet of solar panels, an 861-sq-ft skysail to collect wind energy, and an MDR system to capture the energy generated by the boat) along with two hydroponic farms and fishing facilities for an endless supply of food.
His computer-controlled SkySail flies far above a ship to catch powerful winds that can't be reached by masted sails.
Maritime history is being made with the help of the wind, which is helping the 140-meter, 10,000-tonne Beluga Skysail cargo ship sail across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremen, Germany.
After four years of testing, SkySail believe they can cut fuel for large ships by as much as pounds 750 a day.
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"The community needs access or potential access to water, be it a river, lake, or oceanfront." Zucchino has two resort projects under construction: Skysail luxury condominiums and marina in New Bern, N.C., and River Dunes in Oriental, N.C., which he describes as the state's sailing capital, and which also includes a large marina.
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While thus engaged he was struck by the skysail yard (a wooden spar used to suspend a sail) and knocked down on deck insensible.
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