Definition of Topsails

1. Noun. (plural of topsail) ¹



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Definition of Topsails

1. topsail [n] - See also: topsail

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Topsails

toppled
topples
toppling
toppling gait
topplings
toppo
toppy
toppyup
tops
tops'l
tops(p)
tops-and-bottoms
tops it off
tops up
topsail
topsails (current term)
topscorer
topscorers
topside
topsider
topsiders
topsides
topsite
topsites
topsman
topsmen
topsoil
topsoiled
topsoiling
topsoils

Literary usage of Topsails

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1. The Kedge-anchor; Or, Young Sailors' Assistant: Or, Young Sailors' Assistant by William N. Brady (1864)
"Reduce sail regularly, and clew down the topsails ; luff enough to reef, ... Reduce sail to topsails, station the crew forward, with one watch of top- men ..."

2. Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative by Richard Henry Dana (1911)
"... set our topsails, ran the stars and stripes up to the peak, fired a gun, which was returned from the presidio, and left the little town astern, ..."

3. The Private Journal of Aaron Burr, During His Residence of Four Years in by Aaron Burr (1838)
"About nine this evening the wind has so far abated that we set all our topsails, but reefed. The day and evening clear and fine, except too cold. ..."

4. Hansard's Parliamentary Debates by Great Britain Parliament, Thomas Curson Hansard (1845)
"Close-hauled with a head sea : " Under double-reefed topsails and ... Under treble-reefed topsails and courses? —Never tried under these circumstances. ..."

5. The Kedge-anchor, Or, Young Sailors' Assistant: Appertaining Tothe Practical by William N. Brady (1882)
"STRUCK BY A SQUALL UNDER WHOLE topsails AND COURSERS. Up helm, let fly the topsail halliards, main-sheet, spanker out, haul, and lee-topsail sheets; ..."

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