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
- 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.
- To fix a mast or masts in; supply with a mast or masts; erect the masts of: as, to mast a ship.
- n. The fruit of the oak and beech or other forest-trees; acorns or nuts collectively, serving as food for animals.
- To feed on mast.
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
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)