Part of speech: noun

A sail on a foremast.

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Usage examples "foresail":

  1. Get number three jib up, and the leg of mutton mizzen; put two reefs in the foresail. - "Among Malay Pirates And Other Tales Of Adventure And Peril", G. A. Henty.
  2. Take the foresail off her, Mr Blount. - "The Ruined Cities of Zululand", Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley.
  3. If the wind is coming in the direction B the jib and foresail may require slackening and the aft sails pulled in more than when sailing with the wind in the direction C. A still lighter rudder can be used as the course gets near to beating windward, and the yacht is said to be close- hauled on the starboard tack. - "Boys' Book of Model Boats", Raymond Francis Yates.