American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The mast below the topgallant mast in a square-rigged ship and highest in a fore-and-aft-rigged ship.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, the second mast from the deck, or that which is next, above the lower mast—main, fore, or mizzen.
- n. nautical The highest mast in a fore-and-aft-rigged ship.
- n. nautical The mast below the topgallant mast in a square-rigged ship.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) The second mast, or that which is next above the lower mast, and below the topgallant mast.
- n. the mast next above a lower mast and topmost in a fore-and-aft rig
“A second moment they devoted to the wreckage of the same on deck -- the mizzen-topmast, thrust through the spanker and supported vertically by the stout canvas, thrashing back and forth with each thrash of the sail, the main - topmast squarely across the ruined companionway to the steerage.”
“There is no doubt that getting rid of the leverage of the bowsprit, right up in her eyes, eased her a good bit; and as the topmast was a pretty heavy spar, too, that also helped. ”
“The month in which my seventeenth birthday arrived I signed on before the mast on the Sophie Sutherland, a three-topmast schooner bound on a seven-months 'seal-hunting cruise to the coast of Japan.”
“Such information did he gather, over many bottles of beer, that the next afternoon, hiring a small launch at a cost of ten shillings, he journeyed up the harbour to Jackson Bay, where lay the lofty - poled, sweet-lined, three-topmast American schooner, the Mary”
“I saw the mizzen topmast lurching across a faint radiance of cloud behind which was the moon.”
“The next time the clouds thinned I looked for'ard, and there was the shadow of the topmast, long and attenuated, wavering and lurching on the deck and against the rigging.”
“The fine, three-topmast schooner Ariel, on a cruise around the world, had already been out a year from San Francisco when Jerry boarded her.”
“I extended the line between the cloudy radiance and the mizzen-topmast and found that it must strike somewhere near the fore-rigging on the port side.”
“January I signed before the shipping commissioner the articles of the Sophie Sutherland, a three topmast sealing schooner bound on a voyage to the coast of Japan.”
“But when the butt of the topmast was level with the rail, everything came to a standstill.”
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