fore-and-aft sail









fore-and-aft sail


fore-and-aft sail Word Origin noun

  1. any of various sails, as jib-headed sails, gaff sails, lugsails, lateen sails, spritsails, staysails, and jibs, that do not set on yards and whose normal position, when not trimmed, is in a fore-and-aft direction amidships.

Origin of fore-and-aft sail First recorded in 1810–20

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