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1 The situation of the sheets of a sail in a fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel when they are eased off as the wind comes from broad on or abaft the beam, and the yards of a square-rigged ship when they are braced more squarely to the mast. A sailing vessel is said to have a flowing sheet when the wind crosses its beam and the sails are trimmed to take the greatest advantage of it.

2 A term used in connection with the tide, a synonym of flooding.

See flood.

See flood.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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