What does "Skyscraper" mean?

Today it means: Very tall building.

Long before the word came to mean tall building it was the name given to the highest sail on the ship. It was made of very light material and triangular in shape and could only be used in very light winds. Another sail could be used in the same place but it would be square and known as a "moonraker".

See also: Moonraker  and: The order of sails on a tall ship 

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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