Definition of skysail in US English:



  • A light sail above the royal.

    • ‘A skysail was a lightweight sail hoisted to the very peak of the mast, used only in extremely faint winds.’
    • ‘They actually went aloft, set top-gallant-sails, royals, and skysails, and trimmed the yards to the quartering breeze.’
    • ‘The ship also carried standing skysail pales and yards, a half poop, and had as her figurehead a toothy dragon's head.’
    • ‘Her topgallant, royal and skysail masts are of single spars.’
    • ‘On the website of skysails there are nice videos of the first test.’