Definition of storm sail in English:

storm sail


  • A sail used in stormy weather, of smaller size and stronger material than the corresponding one used in ordinary weather.

    ‘While the other sailors took down all of the regular sails, Buddy and Jacob hoisted up a small, thick sail called the storm sail.’
    • ‘Second, winds up to 30 mph do not progressively blow out main, jib, and storm sails, unless those sails are completely unfit for such a trip, or were not reefed appropriately.’
    • ‘The high winds had progressively blown out the 36-foot Gulfstar sloop's main, jib and storm sails, leaving the vessel under power only.’


storm sail

/ˈstôrm ˌsāl/ /ˈstɔrm ˌseɪl/