Pronunciation: (sāv'ôl"), [key]
1. a means, contrivance, or receptacle for preventing loss or waste.
2. Older Use.overalls.
a. a net secured between a pier and a ship, beneath cargo being transferred from one to the other.
b. a sail for utilizing wind spilled from the regular sails of a vessel: used in very light winds.
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