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Mainsheet   Listen

(nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind.  Synonyms: sheet, shroud, tack, weather sheet.

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"Mainsheet" Quotes from Famous Books

... wind struck us. The mainsheet tautened with a brisk rattling of the blocks, the boom uplifted, the sail bellied out, and the Reindeer heeled over—over, and over, till the lee-rail went under, the deck went under, the cabin windows went under, and the bay began to pour in over the ...
— Tales of the Fish Patrol • Jack London

... said the captain. 'Give me the wheel, White Man, and you stand by the mainsheet. Boom tackle, Mr Hay, please, and then you can jump ...
— The Ebb-Tide - A Trio And Quartette • Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Words linked to "Mainsheet" :   shroud, ship, weather sheet, seafaring, line, futtock shroud, navigation, sailing

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