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Definition: To shorten sail
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shortened ?
; p. pr. &
vb. n. Shortening
.] [See Short
1. To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as,
to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of
2. To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to
lessen; to abridge; to curtail; to contract; as, to
shorten work, an allowance of food, etc.
Here, where the subject is so fruitful, I am
shortened by my chain. --Dryden.
3. To make deficient (as to); to deprive; -- with of.
Spoiled of his nose, and shortened of his ears.
4. To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard,
pot liquor, or the like.
To shorten a rope
(Naut.), to take in the slack of it.
To shorten sail
(Naut.), to reduce sail by taking it in.
, n. [OE. seil, AS. segel, segl; akin to D. zeil,
OHG. segal, G. & Sw. segel, Icel. segl, Dan. seil. [root]
1. An extent of canvas or other fabric by means of which the
wind is made serviceable as a power for propelling vessels
through the water.
Behoves him now both sail and oar. --Milton.
2. Anything resembling a sail, or regarded as a sail.
3. A wing; a van. [Poetic]
Like an eagle soaring
To weather his broad sails. --Spenser.
4. The extended surface of the arm of a windmill.
5. A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft.
Note: In this sense, the plural has usually the same form as
the singular; as, twenty sail were in sight.
6. A passage by a sailing vessel; a journey or excursion upon
Note: Sails are of two general kinds, fore-and-aft sails
and square sails
. Square sails are always bent to
yards, with their foot lying across the line of the
vessel. Fore-and-aft sails are set upon stays or gaffs
with their foot in line with the keel. A fore-and-aft
sail is triangular, or quadrilateral with the after
leech longer than the fore leech. Square sails are
quadrilateral, but not necessarily square. See Phrases
, a., and Square
, a.; also, Bark
(Naut.), a purchase for hoisting sails aloft
(Zo["o]l.), the whiff.
, a small hook used in making sails, to hold the
, a loft or room where sails are cut out and made.
(Naut.), a room in a vessel where sails are
stowed when not in use.
(Naut.), the yard or spar on which a sail is
(Naut.), a triangular sail of
peculiar form. It is chiefly used to set on a boat's mast.
To crowd sail
. (Naut.) See under Crowd
To loose sails
(Naut.), to unfurl or spread sails.
To make sail
(Naut.), to extend an additional quantity of
To set a sail
(Naut.), to extend or spread a sail to the
To set sail
(Naut.), to unfurl or spread the sails; hence,
to begin a voyage.
To shorten sail
(Naut.), to reduce the extent of sail, or
take in a part.
To strike sail
(Naut.), to lower the sails suddenly, as in
saluting, or in sudden gusts of wind; hence, to
acknowledge inferiority; to abate pretension.
, having the sails spread.