from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical One of the two horizontal crosspieces at the upper ends of the lower masts in fore-and-aft-rigged vessels, serving to spread the shrouds.
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- n. A light timber or metal spreader fixed athwartships part way up a mast to spread the shrouds from higher up
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, one of the horizontal pieces of timber or metal, supported by the cheeks and trestletrees, at the upper ends of the lower masts in fore-and-aft rigged vessels, and at the topmast-heads of square-rigged vessels.
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