American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The third mast or the mast aft of a mainmast on a ship having three or more masts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The mast that supports the mizzen; the aftermost mast of a three-masted vessel.
- n. plural The lower-mast, topmast, and topgallantmast of the mast next abaft the mainmast.
- n. nautical The aftmost mast on a ship having three or more masts
- n. nautical The shorter, after mast of a ship having two masts, such as a ketch or yawl
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) the 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. third mast from the bow in a vessel having three or more masts; the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy
“Forward of and round the mizzenmast is the bridge, which is partly formed by the roofs of the large chart-house and laboratory amidships and the two houses on each side.”
“Around the mizzenmast is the after-saloon, with eight cabins leading out of it.”
“In vain Mahoney strove to get the men to take turns in watching aloft from the mizzenmast for any chance vessel.”
“Fresh water, in small quantities, they were able to obtain by holding a cover of a tureen under the saddle of the mizzenmast.”
“Day dawned on the savage ocean, and in the cold gray light all that could be seen of The Francis Spaight emerging from the sea were the poop, the shattered mizzenmast, and a ragged line of bulwarks.”
“She landed on the mizzenmast and cut it down as she had the main.”
“Staying in the tops, Caithe could cut down the mizzenmast and the fore and the aft—”
“Skipper bent suddenly, rolled Jerry with quick toughness into the blanket, and deposited him in the hollow between two sacks of yams lashed on deck aft of the mizzenmast.”
“He made his way to the yam sacks lashed abaft the mizzenmast and got his bottle.”
“Our rascals for'ard might scale the poop; or cross aloft from mizzenmast to jigger and descend upon our heads; but how they could invade us through the floor was beyond me.”
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