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studdingsail Syllabification: stud·ding·sail
Pronunciation: /ˈstənsəl/

Definition of studdingsail in English:


(On a square-rigged sailing ship) an additional sail set at the end of a yard in light winds.
Example sentences
  • 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 and Middle Dutch stōtinge 'a thrusting'.

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