square sail


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n square sail a four-sided sail set beneath a horizontal yard suspended at the middle from a mast
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Square sail (Naut) a four-sided sail extended upon a yard suspended by the middle; sometimes, the foresail of a schooner set upon a yard; also, a cutter's or sloop's sail boomed out. See Illust. of Sail.
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In literature:

When I looked aloft I saw that the yards were square, and studding-sails on either side.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
Wait a little, and as soon as the square sail is out of the way, you will see his wife.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
I have examined the sails of the shipping represented are square.
"The Harbours of England" by John Ruskin
Once outside, he squared the sail and ran right before the breeze.
"Jarwin and Cuffy" by R.M. Ballantyne
It had a square or lug-sail, and was steered by a rudder.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
The breeze quickly bulged out the thirty square feet of sail, and away went the Water Sprite like a Chinese pirate in chase of booty.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
It was sharp at both ends, wall-sided, and fitted with oars, poles, and a square sail.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
Finally a dirty square sail was raised.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
But we spread the square sail, set out, and proceeded on!
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
The square-rigged sails billowed.
"My Shipmate--Columbus" by Stephen Wilder

In poetry:

On the middle of that quiet floor
sits a fleet of small black ships,
square-rigged, sails furled, motionless,
their spars like burnt match-sticks.
"Large Bad Picture" by Elizabeth Bishop
"Square the mainyard!" the silence breaking,
Like Gabriel's trumpet rang the word;
Out of the dawn the wind came, waking
The sleeping sails, so long unstirred.
"Doldrums: One Of Murphy's Yarns" by Cicely Fox Smith
"I wish I may lie where them ships lie, an' no more sail the sea,
An' drink the drink them dead men drank, poor sailormen like me,—
So let me drink if I forget, an' so for ever lie,
If ever I ship with square'eads more until the day I die."
"Squareheads" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The tall ship Gazela, built in Portugal built in 1883 in Portugal and said to be the oldest sailing square rigger still sailing in the US, will be visiting New York Aug 19-23.
Hippie name aside, the boat is pretty darn cool, with unusual A-frame masts that reach 177 feet (nearly the length of the ship) and sails that measure 13,520 square feet.
In its latest research consulting firm Retail Sails breaks down which stores make the most money per square foot .