Topsail meaning

tŏp'səl, -sāl'
A square sail set above the lowest sail on the mast of a square-rigged ship.
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A triangular or square sail set above the gaff of a lower sail on a fore-and-aft-rigged ship.
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In a square-rigged vessel, the square sail, or either of a pair of square sails, next above the lowest sail on a mast.
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In a fore-and-aft-rigged vessel, the small sail set above the gaff of a fore-and-aft sail.
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(nautical) A sail or either of the two sails rigged just above the course sail and supported by the topmast on a square-rigged sailing ship.
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(nautical) In a fore-and-aft -rigged sailing boat, the sail that is set above the gaff at the top part of the mast.
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