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 for Sail fluke
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sail \Sail\, n. [OE. seil, AS. segel, segl; akin to D. zeil,
     OHG. segal, G. & Sw. segel, Icel. segl, Dan. seil. [root]
     153.]
     1. An extent of canvas or other fabric by means of which the
        wind is made serviceable as a power for propelling vessels
        through the water.
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              Behoves him now both sail and oar.    --Milton.
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     2. Anything resembling a sail, or regarded as a sail.
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     3. A wing; a van. [Poetic]
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              Like an eagle soaring
              To weather his broad sails.           --Spenser.
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     4. The extended surface of the arm of a windmill.
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     5. A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft.
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     Note: In this sense, the plural has usually the same form as
           the singular; as, twenty sail were in sight.
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     6. A passage by a sailing vessel; a journey or excursion upon
        the water.
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     Note: Sails are of two general kinds, fore-and-aft sails,
           and square sails. Square sails are always bent to
           yards, with their foot lying across the line of the
           vessel. Fore-and-aft sails are set upon stays or gaffs
           with their foot in line with the keel. A fore-and-aft
           sail is triangular, or quadrilateral with the after
           leech longer than the fore leech. Square sails are
           quadrilateral, but not necessarily square. See Phrases
           under Fore, a., and Square, a.; also, Bark,
           Brig, Schooner, Ship, Stay.
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     Sail burton (Naut.), a purchase for hoisting sails aloft
        for bending.
  
     Sail fluke (Zool.), the whiff.
  
     Sail hook, a small hook used in making sails, to hold the
        seams square.
  
     Sail loft, a loft or room where sails are cut out and made.
        
  
     Sail room (Naut.), a room in a vessel where sails are
        stowed when not in use.
  
     Sail yard (Naut.), the yard or spar on which a sail is
        extended.
  
     Shoulder-of-mutton sail (Naut.), a triangular sail of
        peculiar form. It is chiefly used to set on a boat's mast.
        
  
     To crowd sail. (Naut.) See under Crowd.
  
     To loose sails (Naut.), to unfurl or spread sails.
  
     To make sail (Naut.), to extend an additional quantity of
        sail.
  
     To set a sail (Naut.), to extend or spread a sail to the
        wind.
  
     To set sail (Naut.), to unfurl or spread the sails; hence,
        to begin a voyage.
  
     To shorten sail (Naut.), to reduce the extent of sail, or
        take in a part.
  
     To strike sail (Naut.), to lower the sails suddenly, as in
        saluting, or in sudden gusts of wind; hence, to
        acknowledge inferiority; to abate pretension.
  
     Under sail, having the sails spread.
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