fore-and-aft topsail

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fore-and-aft topsail a triangular fore-and-aft sail with its foot along the gaff and its luff on the topmast
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Usage

In literature:

Half an hour later we took in the fore topsail and the main gaff-topsail, so that nothing but our fore and aft sails remained.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
She carries a fore-and-aft main-sail, gaff-topsail, stay-foresail, and jib.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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In poetry:

See her come bearing down, a tidy craft!
Gaily her topsails bulge, her sidelights burn!
There's jigging in her rigging fore and aft,
And beauty's self, not name, limned on her stern.
"A Note On Wyatt" by Kingsley Amis