• 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
We decided to hoist the foresail after all.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Spread that foresail, Frank, you and Jesse.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
At a quarter past five he made the signal to close in line of battle; set the foresail.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II" by Sir John Ross
After the compact was made, the boat was put in order, the men divided into watches, and they bore away under a reefed lug-foresail.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
Rogers therefore determined, as a first step, to get up a new foresail, bend, and set it.
"The Voyage of the Aurora" by Harry Collingwood
By the time that the catamaran had arrived alongside the cutter, the latter's anchor was down and the jib and foresail taken in.
"Dick Leslie's Luck" by Harry Collingwood
The foresail was set, and the Isabel dashed on with increased speed.
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
The order was given to put the helm over, and let the foresail draw.
"A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden" by W. A. Ross
You had better let the foresail down, Tom; the wind is heavy, and there is too much sea on here to drive her through it too fast.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
We were tearing along, wing-and-wing, before the wind, foresail to starboard and mainsail to port, as we came upon the salmon fleet.
"Tales of the Fish Patrol" by Jack London

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