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Meaning of goosewing

goose•wing

Pronunciation: (gs'wing"), [key]
— n. Naut.
  1. the weather clew of a square sail, held taut when the lee side of the sail is furled.
  2. either of the triangular areas of a square sail left exposed to the wind when the middle part is lashed to the yard during a gale.
  3. a triangular studdingsail.
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