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staysail

Line breaks: stay|sail
Pronunciation: /ˈsteɪseɪl
 
, -s(ə)l/

Definition of staysail in English:

noun

A triangular fore-and-aft sail extended on a stay.
Example sentences
  • At sunset, we had 5 sails up in a vain attempt to catch what little wind there was - jib, stay, main, mizzen staysail and the mizzen.
  • Once those were set, we set three staysails in the bow, and one staysail between each pair of masts.
  • The new small staysails help to clean up the turbulent flow and improve the mainsail's efficiency.

Words that rhyme with staysail

pretzelmainsailWiesel

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