Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical A tall vertical spar, sometimes sectioned, that rises from the keel or deck of a sailing vessel to support the sails and the standing and running rigging.
  • n. A vertical pole.
  • n. A tall vertical antenna, as for a radio.
  • n. A captain's mast.
  • n. The nuts of forest trees accumulated on the ground, used especially as food for swine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tall, slim post or tower, usually tapering upward, used to support, for examples, the sails on a ship, flags, floodlights, or communications equipment such as an aerial, usually supported by guy-wires.
  • v. To supply and fit a mast to a ship
  • n. The fruit of forest-trees (beech, oak, chestnut, pecan, etc.), especially if having fallen from the tree, used as fodder for pigs and other animals.
  • v. To feed on forest seed or fruit.
  • v. To vary fruit and seed production in multi-year cycles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fruit of the oak and beech, or other forest trees; nuts; acorns.
  • n. A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails, yards, rigging, etc. A mast may also consist of several pieces of timber united by iron bands, or of a hollow pillar of iron or steel.
  • n. The vertical post of a derrick or crane.
  • n. A spar or strut to which tie wires or guys are attached for stiffening purposes.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a mast or masts; to put the masts of in position.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fix a mast or masts in; supply with a mast or masts; erect the masts of: as, to mast a ship.
  • To feed on mast.
  • n. A pole or pillar of round timber, or of tubular iron or steel, secured at the lower end to the keel of a vessel, and rising into the air above the deck to support the yards, sails, and rigging in general.
  • n. Any tall pole.
  • n. The main upright member of a derrick or crane, against which the boom abuts.
  • n. The fruit of the oak and beech or other forest-trees; acorns or nuts collectively, serving as food for animals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any sturdy upright pole
  • n. nuts of forest trees used as feed for swine
  • n. nuts of forest trees (as beechnuts and acorns) accumulated on the ground
  • n. a vertical spar for supporting sails

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English mæst.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English mæst, from Proto-Germanic *mastaz, from Proto-Indo-European *mast- (“board”). Cognate with Dutch mast, German Mast, and via Indo-European with Latin mālus, Russian мост (móst, "bridge"), Irish adhmad. (Wiktionary)
Old English mæst ("fallen nuts, food for swine"), mæsten ("to fatten, feed"), from West Germanic; probably related to meat. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We very soon carried out this project, and all of us working away to join our handkerchiefs, we had by the next afternoon a big flag flying from what we called our mast-head.

    A Voyage round the World A book for boys

  • I can scarcely bring myself to realize that that great mast is really up and in; that you have lifted it from the water, swung it through the air, and deposited it here where it belongs.

    Chapter 37

  • When I turn on the radio, I get a grinding sound 'cos the worm screw on the radio mast is stripped.

    Ever so much closer...

  • Pakistani flag in half mast from the Guardian and Benazir Bhutto from here.

    Hope Against Hope

  • Unless, of course, he was cast to play the main mast of Sinbad's ship.

    March 2005

  • He calmly stated, My mast is on fire and I've lost my hydraulics.

    Boffman, Alan B.

  • But what we need mast is same preventive medicine.

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  • A mooring mast is built now ready for the airship at St. Hubert, south of Montreal.

    The Development of Aviation Within the Empire

  • The mizzen mast of the Guerrière was shot away; very soon the main mast followed, and in less than half an hour the Guerrière was a hopeless wreck.

    This Country of Ours: The Story of the United States

  • The organisation was founded by Lisa Oldham, and other long term mast campaigners, who saw that the mobile phone operators were gaining substantial power and rolling out a network at alarming speed that had serious and widespread health and environmental implications, and their was little help available to communities fighting both the multinationals and the chaotic planning system.

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