Definition of gunter in English:

gunter

noun

Sailing
  • 1A fore-and-aft sail whose spar is nearly vertical and acts as a mast extension.

  • 2

    (also gunter rig)
    historical A type of rig in which the topmast slides up and down the lower mast on rings.

    ‘A spar pivoted round till it is nearly parallel to the mast [think: like a paper fan], creating a triangular sail, is called a gunter rig.’
    ‘It was called the gunter by seamen and was an important step in the development of the slide rule.’

Origin

Late 18th century named after E. Gunter (see Gunter's chain).

Pronunciation

gunter

/ˈɡʌntə/