[ UK /lætˈiːn/ ]
  1. a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean
  1. rigged with a triangular (lateen) sail
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How To Use lateen In A Sentence

  • They developed the "caravel", a small, lightweight ship with three lateen-sailed masts that could hold much more cargo than previous ships. Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]
  • Bigger ships known as carracks, mixing square and lateen sails and weighing up to 1000 tons, could sail further and carry more merchandise than ever before.
  • She sported a giant lateen - that's triangular - sail of red and white stripes with her big Raven crest, along with a sprit sail.
  • Also, the fore-and-aft sail on the mizzenmast, originally a triangular lateen sail, was changed to accommodate the more modern rig.
  • An old family friend had hooked a lateen sail while fishing at a local creek.
  • A nao was a Portuguese term nef or nau in French for a full-rigged round ship, with large square-rigged sails on two or three masts, sometimes with a lateen-rigged mizzen and a smaller mast called a bonaventure abaft the mizzen. Champlain's Dream
  • But if there be a fair wind off the land, there will be little rowing; the big lateen sail on her one mast will span the narrow waters between the African coast and the Balearic Isles, where a convenient look-out may be kept for Spanish galleons or perhaps an Italian polacca. The Story of the Barbary Corsairs
  • Of historical interest are the topgallant sails carried on the fore and main masts, the lateen topsails and topgallants on the mizzen and the topsail on the bonaventure mizzen mast at the stern.
  • The sailors hoisted the trysails a little way, tightened the sheets, fixed bunts to the sail, and strengthened the tackle and the stop of the lateen yard.
  • Shortly after leaving our anchorage we passed close to leeward of a long rakish-looking lateener, on board which, as ill-luck would have it, an anchor-watch was being kept. Under the Meteor Flag Log of a Midshipman during the French Revolutionary War
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