• WordNet 3.6
    • n foresail the lowest sail on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Foresail (Naut) The sail bent to the foreyard of a square-rigged vessel, being the lowest sail on the foremast.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foresail Nautical, in a square-rigged vessel, the sail bent to the foreyard; in a schooner, the fore-and-aft sail set on the foremast; in a sloop or cutter, the sail set on the forestay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Foresail fōr′sāl a sail attached to the foreyard on the foremast. See Ship.
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In literature:

We hoisted her in at last, and seeing no more tubs, let draw the foresail, and again stood on.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
They kept up the jumbo sail, as the main jib is called; they reefed the foresail down to its smallest compass.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
He takes a look round; then orders up reefed foresail and the three upper topsails, also reefed.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
But they have contrived to patch up the foresail, and bend on a new jib from some spare canvas found in the stores.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Her foresail was lowered, and then her jib.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
The main gaff-topsail was taken in, and then the schooner had only her jib, foresail, and mainsail.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
The set of the foresail pleased him equally well.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
A group of men tailed onto the halyards, hoisting the foresail, staysail and jib.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
The jib and foresail were already set although the tug had not cast off.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
Meantime the pumps reduced the water in the hold two feet, and the ship's head was brought to the eastward with the foresail only.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous

In poetry:

Her foresail is reefed, and it bellies out full
To the westerly roaring, like Barney's black bull;
Her six yellow topsails are straining and wet,
And high on the main a topgallantsail's set.
"Home Round The Horn" by Bill Adams