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Topgallant  adj.  
(Naut.) Situated above the topmast and below the royal mast; designatb, or pertaining to, the third spars in order from the deck; as, the topgallant mast, yards, braces, and the like.
Fig.: Highest; elevated; splendid. "The consciences of topgallant sparks."
Topgallant breeze, a breeze in which the topgallant sails may properly be carried.

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"Topgallant" Quotes from Famous Books

... lower number an error of Ramusio's, as "it is well known that Chinese vessels do not carry any kind of topsail." This is, however, a mistake, for they do sometimes carry a small topsail of cotton cloth (and formerly, it would seem from Lecomte, even a topgallant sail at times), though only in quiet weather. And the evidence as to the number of sails carried by the great Chinese junks of the Middle Ages, which evidently made a great impression on Western foreigners, is irresistible. Friar Jordanus, who saw them in Malabar, says: "With a fair ...
— The Travels of Marco Polo Volume 1 • Marco Polo and Rustichello of Pisa

... light canvas blown away and ropes cast off the pins, with no signs of fire, leak, or conflict to drive the crew out, with plenty of grub in the stores and plenty of water in the tanks. Yet, there she was, under topsails and topgallant-sails, rolling along before a Biscay sea, and deserted, except that the deck was almost covered with ...
— The Grain Ship • Morgan Robertson

... discharge from the enemy. The confusion of the moment probably prevented much care in their direction, and though under the fire of nearly a hundred pieces for half an hour, the only shot which struck the ketch was one through the topgallant sail. We were in greater danger from the Philadelphia, whose broadsides commanded the passage by which we were retreating, and whose guns were loaded, and discharged as they became heated. We escaped these also, and while urging the ketch onwards with sweeps, the crew were ...
— The Story of the Barbary Corsairs • Stanley Lane-Poole

... aloft, the topgallant-sails set, and the anchor weighed; and, with a fresh breeze off the land, the first officer sound asleep and dreaming of "the girl he left behind him," a press of sail, and the starboard watch under the charge of Mr. Coffin, spinning ...
— An Old Sailor's Yarns • Nathaniel Ames

Words linked to "Topgallant" :   topgallant sail, canvass, sail, topmast, canvas, sheet, topgallant mast

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