forestaysail [fawr-stey-seyl, fohr-; Nautical fawr-stey-suh l, fohr-] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a triangular sail set on a forestay; the innermost headsail of a vessel.

Origin of forestaysail First recorded in 1735–45; forestay + sail Examples from the Web for forestaysail Historical Examples of forestaysail

  • John had no resource but to put up a forestaysail, and run before the gale.

    In Search of the Castaways

    Jules Verne

  • It carried two jibs, besides the forestaysail, but these were now furled.

    The Rival Campers

    Ruel Perley Smith

  • I sailed comfortably on under the jib and forestaysail, which I now set.

    Sailing Alone Around The World

    Joshua Slocum

  • In old times the boats simply carried mainsail, foresail, and forestaysail and jib.

    The Sea Rovers

    Rufus Rockwell Wilson

  • British Dictionary definitions for forestaysail forestaysail noun

    1. nautical the triangular headsail set aftermost on a vessel

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