from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Nautical Of, relating to, or being the mast above the topmast, its sails, or its rigging.
- adj. Raised above adjacent parts or structures.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Situated above the topmast and below the royal mast.
- adj. Of the most superior quality; the best of its kind.
- n. The sail suspended from the topmost section of a mast; topgallant sail.
- n. The topmost section of a mast; topgallant mast.
- n. Anything elevated or splendid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Situated above the topmast and below the royal mast; designatb, or pertaining to, the third spars in order from the deck. See Illustration of Ship.
- adj. Fig.: Highest; elevated; splendid.
- n. A topgallant mast or sail.
- n. Fig.: Anything elevated or splendid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being above the topmast and below the royal: applied to mast, sail, rigging, etc.
- Topping; fine.
- n. The topgallant mast, sail, or rigging of a ship.
- n. Figuratively, any elevated part, place, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mast fixed to the head of a topmast on a square-rigged vessel
- n. a sail set on a yard of a topgallant mast
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There was a similar raised place forward, called the topgallant forecastle.
"It would be good to set the mizzen-topgallant," I heard Captain West mutter in a weak, quavery voice.
Between whiles, and all the while, he gauged the gusts, and ever his eyes lifted to the main-topgallant-yard.
The wind, during the night, had so eased that by nine in the morning we had all our topgallant-sails set.
And at this moment the watch swarmed on to the poop to haul on the port-braces of the mizzen-sky-sail, royal and topgallant-sail.
The skysails were already furled; men were furling the royals; and the topgallant-yards were running down while clewlines and buntlines bagged the canvas.
He was Mulligan Jacobs; and he picked his way back across the wreck of the bridge where the fore-topgallant-yard still lay, and came up to me unafraid, as implacable and bitter as ever.
Mr. Pike was so fooled that he actually had set the topgallant-sails, and the gaskets were being taken off the royals, when the Samurai came on deck, strolled back and forth a casual five minutes, then spoke in an undertone to Mr. Pike.
Then it was clewlines and buntlines and lowering of yards as the topgallant-sails were stripped off.
And each time Mr. Pike glanced aloft at the naked topgallant - and royal-yards, I knew his thought was that they might well be carrying sail.
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