Definition of trysail in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrīsəl/
Pronunciation: /ˈtrīˌsāl/


A small, strong fore-and-aft sail set on the mast of a sailing vessel in heavy weather.
Example sentences
  • The sailors hoisted the trysails a little way, tightened the sheets, fixed bunts to the sail, and strengthened the tackle and the stop of the lateen yard, set two men to watch at each fall and bade them look out for squalls.
  • There was also a small square sail which would be hoisted to a yard on the foremast and two trysails to be hoisted on the jigger.
  • She ran on a 700-horsepower steam engine and had four jury masts on which four trysails and a jib could be set for emergencies.

Words that rhyme with trysail

paradisal, sisal

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Syllabification: try·sail

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