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Balloon sail

any light, loose sail, as a jib or spinnaker, used by a yacht in light wind.
Historical Examples

Baby jib top-sails had been sent down before the rounding, and spinnaker poles were now ready for the balloon sail.
The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview Ralph Bonehill

(nautical) a large light bellying sail used in light winds Compare spinnaker


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