Mainsail Main"sail` (m[=a]n"s[=a]l`), n. (Naut.) The principal sail in a ship or other vessel. [1913 Webster]

[They] hoised up the mainsail to the wind. -- Acts xxvii. 40. [1913 Webster]

Note: The mainsail of a ship is extended upon a yard attached to the mainmast, and that of a sloop or schooner upon the boom. [1913 Webster]

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