Definition of topgallant in English:

topgallant

Line breaks: top|gal¦lant
Pronunciation: /tɒpˈgal(ə)nt
 
, təˈgal-/

noun

(also topgallant mast)
  • 1The section of a square-rigged sailing ship’s mast immediately above the topmast.
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    • Then the topgallant masts and sail fell onto the forecastle, dragging in the water until cut free.
    • The jibsails came down smoothly, then the topsails, until only the topgallants were still drawing.
    • On the topgallant mast is the topgallant sail, on big vessels divided into two sails, like the topsail.
  • 1.1 (also topgallant sail) A sail set on a topgallant mast.
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    • Above the upper topsails are the topgallant sails and above these, the royals and the skysails.
    • On large ships, the topgallant sail sometimes comprises 2 separate sails for the same reason.
    • In a short time the topgallant sails and mainsail were handed and preparations made to reef the fore topsail.

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