from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A platform at the head of the mainmast on a square-rigged vessel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A platform at the top of a square-rigged vessel's mainmast; used for observation and for the attachment of rigging.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The platform about the head of the mainmast in square-rigged vessels.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a platform just below the head of the mainmast, resting on the trestletrees. See top.
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Larkyns at the maintop was a good second, while Adams at the mizzen was the last; the officer of the watch, on hearing his hail, reporting "All ready!"
In the maintop were the first mate and three or four of the crew, and in the foretop were the rest, all bunched together and waiting for instructions.
The foundation for this opinion is the fact that some days ago a mass of wreckage, such as maintop-sails, rigging, masts, etc., was found in the place where the Hollanders have been.
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"Thinks his place is on the maintop, this one," he said, grinning.
About half-way to the maintop, the Second Mate stopped, and looked down.
“Aye, aye, Captain,” said the Satyr, sliding the mask up to reveal Thomas R. Farr, Terror's captain of the maintop.
Crozier had always, until this moment, thought Farr a reliable and sensible hand and a fine maintop captain.
Fitzjames and Crozier found a place at the head of a white-shrouded table, sitting on white-shrouded chairs, pulled back for them on the protesting ice by Mr. Farr, the captain of the maintop whom Crozier had braced earlier in the evening.
The officer, maintop captain, and cook looked at one another.
The captain in the meanwhile crowded her with sail; fifteen sails in all, every stay being gratified with a stay-sail, a boat-boom sent aloft for a maintop-gallant yard, and the derrick of
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