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Trim of sails

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trim of sails (Naut) that adjustment, with reference to the wind, witch is best adapted to impel the ship forward.
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Usage

In literature:

But never yet had he failed to realize when he was beaten, nor to trim his sails without loss of precious time.
"Rezanov" by Gertrude Atherton
Mr. Arabin had never thought of trimming the sails of his bark so that he might sail as convoy to this rich argosy.
"Barchester Towers" by Anthony Trollope
Of this she also was aware, and had trimmed her sails accordingly, likening herself to him in this respect.
"The Small House at Allington" by Anthony Trollope
Captain Enos Moss, part owner and sailing master of the Hattie Baker, as trim a craft as ever rounded the Horn.
"True to Himself" by Edward Stratemeyer
Her sails were trimmed like the sails of the nautilus.
"Sailing Alone Around The World" by Joshua Slocum
Watch your sails and trim them for every breath of air.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea" by Janet Aldridge
She had at last seen the look of recoil on Dr. O'Farrell's face, and she was now trimming her sails accordingly.
"What Timmy Did" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
Appearances are of no consequence whatever, and the great thing is to get her in her best sailing trim.
"The Queen's Cup" by G. A. Henty
She was as trim a young craft then as ever spread sails, and as full of goodness and good looks.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
The corvette having been lately out of dock, and being in good trim, sailed her best.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
He trimmed the sails a little, and began to be somewhat excited over the prospect of a race.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
Still the ship glided on; the after-sails were trimmed, and again she was clear of another threatened danger.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
Now the sail was reset, with all the trimness that circumstances would admit of.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
The bateau was hastily hoisted upon the deck of the Isabel, and the sails trimmed to catch the first breath of the coming breeze.
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
This is his time to consider the trim of the sails.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
Two of her larboard guns had been shifted to the starboard, and other means had been taken to put her in suitable sailing trim.
"Captain Kyd, Vol. II" by Joseph Holt Ingraham
They trim their sails for other seas, leaving the priceless gems of their own undiscovered.
"A New Atmosphere" by Gail Hamilton
Coasting vessels trimmed their sails to catch the land-breeze of evening.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
With a critical eye the man at the helm trimmed the different sails, set the trysail and then heaved a sigh of profound relief.
"An Annapolis First Classman" by Lt.Com Edward L. Beach
They got the first puffs of it presently, and trimmed their sails for a long beat down the bay.
"The Rival Campers Afloat" by Ruel Perley Smith
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In poetry:

Sails like the cheek
Of the cherubim —
Blackwall fashion,
Shipshape and trim —
"Portrait Of A Lady-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
Lowers Scylla--frowns Charybdis--and the bark is like to sink--
This the symbolistic moral of my rhyme--
If Opinion trims your sails and if you care what people think
You will have a most unhappy sort of time.
"Heads And Tails" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Dreaming of orbs to eyes of earth unknown,
Herschel looked heavenwards in the starlight pale;
Lost in those awful depths he trod alone,
Laplace stood mute before the lifted veil;
While home-bred Humboldt trimmed his toy ship's sail.
"American Academy Centennial Celebration" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
BELAYE would admit that his men were of no great use to him,
"But, then," he would say, "there is little to do on a gunboat trim
I can hand, and reef, and steer, and fire my big gun too -
And it IS such a treat to sail with a gentle well-bred crew."
"The Bumboat Woman's Story" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Basic skills include learning to sail away from the mooring, trimming the sails, knowing the points of sailing, anchoring the boat, picking up a man overboard, docking the boat, and and learning to tie the right knots.
Sailboats today cross oceans at 20 knots, and sailors, who have adopted colorful golf clothing, push buttons to trim the sails and expect all the amenities of a luxury penthouse.
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