lateen sail

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lateen sail a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n lateen sail (Naut) A triangular sail, extended by a long yard, which is slung at about one fourth of its length from the lower end, to a low mast, this end being brought down at the tack, while the other end is elevated at an angle or about forty-five degrees; -- used in small boats, feluccas, xebecs, etc., especially in the Mediterranean and adjacent waters. Some lateen sails have also a boom on the lower side.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. voile latine, a sail in the shape of a right-angled triangle; cf. It. & Sp. vela latina,; properly Latin, sail. See Latin

Usage

In literature:

A lateen sail was visible in the direction of Cat Island, and others to the south seemed almost motionless in the far distance.
"The Awakening and Selected Short Stories" by Kate Chopin
It was a two-masted felucca with lateen sails!
"Pellucidar" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The lateen sails of the Italian fishing boats were like shreds of cloud, too, blown over the blue and distant bay.
"Trent's Trust and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
It was after ten before his lateen sail flapped in the little cove.
"Sally Dows and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
So the lateen sail was hoisted on the mast of the pirogue.
"Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon" by Jules Verne
LATEEN SAIL, a triangular sail common on the Mediterranean.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Or for the return of the whale-boats, with their beautiful lateen-sails?
"In the Footprints of the Padres" by Charles Warren Stoddard
This sail, it has been noticed, 'is set at the same angle as the lateen-sail' of the Malays.
"Chambers' Edinburgh Journal" by Various
He also is watching the upward progress of the lateen-sail; has heard, moreover, the report concerning those on board.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
A sloop with a lateen sail lay at anchor in the rude harbor.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
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In poetry:

Life was laughing then. Ah! Golu,
Do you think of that old time, And of all the tales I told you
Of my colder Western clime? Do you think how happy were we
When we sailed to strip the palm, And we made a lateen arbor
Of the boat-sail in the calm?
"Golu" by John Boyle O Reilly