• WordNet 3.6
    • n lugsail a sail with four corners that is hoisted from a yard that is oblique to the mast
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lugsail (Naut) A square sail bent upon a yard that hangs obliquely to the mast and is raised or lowered with the sail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lugsail A quadrilateral sail bent upon a yard that hangs obliquely to the mast at about one third of its length: a common rig for boats of men-of-war. Also lug.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lugsail a square sail bent upon a yard that hangs obliquely to the mast
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. lugga, to pull by the hair—lugg, the forelock; from a base luk, to pull, present in Scot. lug, the ear.


In literature:

She carried a single mast, which listed forward; her lugsail was stretched upon dozens of bamboo yards; she drew hardly any water.
"Moran of the Lady Letty" by Frank Norris
Then he could make out the dark figures on the quay, and the hoisting of the lugsail, and the putting off of the boat.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
The gig carried a small mast and lugsail, and, the faint wind blowing fair down the creek, the Captain suggested our hoisting them.
"Poison Island" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
It has got out of the set of the tide and has the wind well abeam, just the thing for that lugsail she carries.
"The Wreck of the Nancy Bell" by J. C. Hutcheson
Brown lugsails were run up on the smaller boats.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
In the evening they worked away, making the three lugsails, the topsail, and a small fore-staysail.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Smartly he ran up a small lugsail, and set his boat's head towards the stranger.
"Adventures in Many Lands" by Various
These boats carry one lugsail on a mast shipped well amidships.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
Somebody was carrying a light on her deck, and the giant shadow of a man's figure was cast up on the new lugsail.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
We got back to Lerwick in a lugsail that was full of passengers, potatoes, and milk-cans.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes