trysail

trysail
trysail [trī′sāl΄; ] naut. [, trī′səl]
n.
[< naut. phr. a try, the position of lying to in a storm]
a small, sturdy, fore-and-aft sail hoisted when other canvas has been lowered, to keep a vessel's head to the wind in a storm

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  • Trysail — Try sail, n. (Naut.) A fore and aft sail, bent to a gaff, and hoisted on a lower mast or on a small mast, called the trysail mast, close abaft a lower mast; used chiefly as a storm sail. Called also {spencer}. Totten. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trysail — A trysail is small fore and aft sail used in very high winds or in storms to maintain control, to avoid ship damage, and to keep the bow to the wind. It is hoisted abaft the mainmast (taking the place of the much larger… …   Wikipedia

  • trysail mast — Naut. a small auxiliary mast fastened just abaft the mainmast or foremast of a sailing vessel. [1760 70] * * * trysail mast, a small mast behind the foremast, on which a trysail is set …   Useful english dictionary

  • trysail — noun Etymology: obsolete at try lying to Date: 1769 a fore and aft sail bent to a gaff and hoisted on a lower mast or a small mast close abaft …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • trysail — /truy sayl /; Naut. /truy seuhl/, n. Naut. a triangular or quadrilateral sail having its luff hooped or otherwise bent to a mast, used for lying to or keeping a vessel headed into the wind; spencer. [1760 70; TRY + SAIL] * * * …   Universalium

  • trysail — noun A small, strong 3 sided sail sometimes set in place of the mainsail in heavy weather …   Wiktionary

  • trysail — ship s sail bent to a gaff and hoisted on a lower mast Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • trysail — [ trʌɪs(ə)l] noun a small strong fore and aft sail set on the mainmast or other mast of a sailing vessel in heavy weather …   English new terms dictionary

  • trysail — try·sail …   English syllables

  • trysail — try•sail [[t]ˈtraɪˌseɪl[/t]] naut. [[t] səl[/t]] n. naut. navig. a triangular or quadrilateral sail having its luff hooped or otherwise bent to a mast, used for lying to or keeping a vessel headed into the wind; spencer • Etymology: 1760–70; try… …   From formal English to slang

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