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A four-cornered sail supported by a yard attached to a mast.
- ‘At first when sails triumphed over oars, a large square sail was rigged on the mainmast while two smaller sails fore and aft gave the ship maneuverability.’
- ‘When furled, the square sails vanished inside the booms, although the 15 fore-and-aft sails were handled like any modern sail-boat's roller-furling jib.’
- ‘Such ships were robustly built with stout planking secured to massive framing timbers, with a single mast possibly rigged with a square sail.’
- ‘The argument is that a three-masted ship had three yards on each mast for the square sails, making nine in all.’
- ‘They had a good stretch of river ahead to themselves, only a few fishing canoes in sight, and Telli soon gave in to temptation and lowered the spar at the bottom of the square sail another yard.’
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