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1 A purchase or single line used for trimming sails to the wind. A square sail set on a yard has two sheets, one to each clew. Sails on a fore-and-aft rig normally only have a single sheet to the clew, the double-clewed jib being an exception to the rule. The junk rig is notable for having multiple sheets that lead from the bamboo batten ends on the luff of the sail.

2 As a verb, such as to sheet in a sail, it indicates the action of hardening in a sail, usually when it is desired to sail closer to the wind.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.

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