forestaysail [fawr-stey-seyl, fohr-; Nautical fawr-stey-suh l, fohr-] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a triangular set on a ; the innermost headsail of a vessel.
Origin of forestaysail First recorded in 1735–45;+ 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.
It carried two jibs, besides the forestaysail, but these were now furled.
Ruel Perley Smith
I sailed comfortably on under the jib and forestaysail, which I now set.
In old times the boats simply carried mainsail, foresail, and forestaysail and jib.
Rufus Rockwell Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for forestaysail forestaysail noun
- nautical the triangular headsail set aftermost on a vessel