Definition of topgallant in English:

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topgallant

Pronunciation: /tɒpˈɡal(ə)nt/
/təˈɡal(ə)nt/

noun

(also topgallant mast)
1The section of a square-rigged sailing ship’s mast immediately above the topmast.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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