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

  • n. Nautical The top of a mast.
  • n. The listing in a newspaper or periodical of information about its staff, operation, and circulation.
  • n. The title of a newspaper or periodical as it appears across the first page, front cover, or title page of each issue. Also called nameplate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The top of a mast.
  • n. A list of a newspaper or other periodical's main staff, contributing writers, publisher, circulation, advertising rates etc.
  • n. The title (normally in a large and distinctive font) of a newspaper at the top of the front page
  • v. To send to the masthead as a punishment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The top or head of a mast; the part of a mast above the hounds.
  • transitive v. To cause to go to the masthead as a punishment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To raise to the masthead; place or display at the masthead.
  • To punish, as a sailor, by sending to the masthead (the top of one of the lower masts) for a certain or an indefinite time.
  • n. The top or head of the mast of a ship or vessel; technically, the top or head of the lower mast, but by extension the highest point of the mast.
  • n. One who is stationed at the masthead: as, the sundown masthead.

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

  • n. a listing printed in all issues of a newspaper or magazine (usually on the editorial page) that gives the name of the publication and the names of the editorial staff, etc.
  • n. the title of a newspaper or magazine; usually printed on the front page and on the editorial page
  • n. the head or top of a mast

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