American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The forward mast on a sailing vessel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The forward mast of a ship or other vessel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) The mast nearest the bow.
- n. the mast nearest the bow in vessels with two or more masts
“I once asked one of those fellows what he called the foremast in his language, and what d'ye think he said?”
“Of course, two days 'work was required for the accomplishment of this part of my task, and it was not till the morning of the third day that I swung the foremast from the deck and proceeded to square its butt to fit the step.”
“Of course, two days’ work was required for the accomplishment of this part of my task, and it was not till the morning of the third day that I swung the foremast from the deck and proceeded to square its butt to fit the step.”
“The stump of her foremast was the only stick standing; her cabin had been stove in; every gun, except a single one, was dismounted; and her deck was covered with shattered limbs and dead bodies.”
“The foremast, which is considerably smaller and stepped well forrard, is in like manner devoid of any kind of stay.”
“The foremast is the main thing to get rid of now; and, unless the sea keeps still, we'll never manage to cut that away, for it is still more under water than the mainmast was.”
“The foremast was the only mast now remaining, and it was soon sent flying over the side by the terrific firing from the British ship.”
“On the foremast was a seat on a hinge, which could be dropped down, on which the "doctor" could sit and do his work, roasting himself at the same time he roasted his beef or fried his fish.”
“I once asked one of those fellows what be called the foremast in his language, and what d'ye think he said?”
“prentices_, sich as he had for messmates, is always worse to their own kind by far nor the "_common sailors_," as the long-shore folks calls a foremast-man.”
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