Definition of studdingsail in English:


Line breaks: stud¦ding|sail
Pronunciation: /ˈstʌns(ə)l


(On a square-rigged sailing ship) an additional sail set at the end of a yard in light winds.
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  • Her fore topmasts and yards, studdingsail booms and yards, jibbooms and entire mizzen masts were shot away.
  • This means that the reef can be shaken out, the royals and studdingsails can be set.
  • After they passed us by, we set the studdingsail again and continued on our way.


mid 16th century: studding perhaps from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stōtinge 'a thrusting'.

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