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  1. brig(noun)

    two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on both masts

  2. brig(noun)

    a penal institution (especially on board a ship)

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  1. brig(Noun)

    A Scottish variation of bridge

  2. brig(Noun)

    Brigadier.

  3. Origin: Abbreviated from brigantine, from brigantino; jail sense from the use of such ships as prisons

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(2.00 / 1 vote)

  1. Brig(noun)

    a bridge

  2. Brig(noun)

    a two-masted, square-rigged vessel

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  1. Brig

    A brig is a sailing vessel with two square-rigged masts. During the Age of Sail, brigs were seen as fast and maneuverable and were used as both naval warships and merchant vessels. They were especially popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Brigs fell out of use with the arrival of the steam ship because they required a relatively large crew for their small size and were difficult to sail into the wind. They are not to be confused with a brigantine, which has different rigging. In the narrow technical field of sailing rigs, a brig is distinct from a three-masted ship by virtue of only having two masts.


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