Definition of spritsail in English:


Syllabification: sprit·sail
Pronunciation: /ˈspritˌsāl, -səl


1A sail extended by a sprit.
More example sentences
  • Three sails are carried on the bowsprit along with the spritsail that hangs from the spritsail yard.
  • Sails named for parts of the ship include gaff sails, jib-headed sails, spritsails, and lateen and lugsails.
  • The spritsail flapped emptily and the boat righted to an even keel, causing the two men swiftly to change position.
1.1 historical A sail extended by a yard set under a ship’s bowsprit.
More example sentences
  • The spritsail was a simple triangular sail, whose leading edge was fastened to the mast by a rope.
  • Most of the small coastal vessels have spritsails which was the commonest rig for small vessels at this period.
  • During the reign of Henry the Eighth, ships with two and three masts carried main and top sails, lateen mizzen sails and spritsails set under the bowsprit.

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