American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical A fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast.
- n. Nautical A mizzenmast.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, the aftermost fore-and-aft sail in a ship, set abaft the mizzenmast, and having its head extended by a gaff; a spanker. See spanker.
- Noting the hindmost pair of horns in a five-horned giraffe, a small pair of projections arising from the lambdoid crest, back of the larger frontal horns.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Naut.) Hindmost; nearest the stern
- n. (Naut.) The hindmost of the fore and aft sails of a three-masted vessel; also, the spanker.
- n. third mast from the bow in a vessel having three or more masts; the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy
- n. fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast
- From Middle French misaine, modified from Old French migenne (through influence from Italian mezzana), from Catalan mitjana, feminine of mitjan, ultimately from Latin medianus. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English mesan, from Old French misaine, Old Spanish mezana or Old Italian mezzana, all ultimately from Latin mediānus, of the middle, from medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Puff follows puff, and I am glad the mizzen is furled.”
“The tall mast is the mainmast, the short mast is the mizzen; some ketches carry square sails on the main, some carry a topsail on the mizzen -- the distinctive mark of the ketch being that the mizzen is a pole-mast and stepped in front of the stern-post.”
“The top of the mizzen was the first to disappear, then followed the main-top; and soon, of what had been a noble vessel, not a vestige was to be seen.”
“American and other, were at half-mast, as was the admiral's square blue flag at the mizzen, which is never lowered while he remains on duty on board.”
“The students sat in the open cockpit to learn terms such as mizzen mast, jib and stanchion.”
“ "Raft coming!" called the mizzen lookout, stimulat-ing a rush toward the stern.”
“When I finished, I pulled my sleeping bag out from the foot locker, hauled it up top to the main deck and spread it out between the main and mizzen masts.”
“Abruptly, from the mizzen-mast, came a snap of breakage and crash of fabric.”
“He bounded away along the poop again, shouting for men for the mizzen-braces.”
“They did it on deck, sir, right aft there by the mizzen-traveler.”
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