spritsail


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sprit·sail

 (sprĭt′səl, -sāl′)
n.
A quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail extended by a spar running diagonally to the sail's peak.

spritsail

(ˈsprɪtˌseɪl; ˈsprɪtsəl)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) a rectangular sail mounted on a sprit in some 19th-century small vessels
2. (Nautical Terms) (in medieval rigging) a square sail mounted on a yard on the bowsprit

sprit•sail

(ˈsprɪtˌseɪl; Naut. -səl)

n.
a sail extended by a sprit.
[1425–75; late Middle English sprete seyle (see sprit, sail); compare Dutch sprietzeil]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spritsail - a fore-and-aft sail extended by a spritspritsail - a fore-and-aft sail extended by a sprit
fore-and-aft sail - any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction
sprit - a light spar that crosses a fore-and-aft sail diagonally
Translations

spritsail

[ˈsprɪtseɪl] (Naut) [ˈsprɪtsl] Ncebadera f, vela f de abanico

spritsail

nSprietsegel nt
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As the spritsail was taken in and the boat headed on to the beach, he was aware of a distinct hurt at sight of Joan at the steering-oar, standing erect and swaying her strength to it as she resisted the pressures that tended to throw the craft broadside in the surf.
The exchange was made, and the salmon boat got up its spritsail and headed down the bay toward the marshes off San Rafael.
The light ships fared the best, as not so much labouring in the sea; but two or three of them drove, and came close by us, running away with only their spritsail out before the wind.