from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The mast erected at the head of the foremast, above the foretop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) The mast erected at the head of the foremast, and at the head of which stands the fore-topgallant mast; the mast next above the foremast. See ship.

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

  • noun the topmast next above the foremast


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  • Captain Doane shouted to one of the sailors who had just emerged from the forecastle scuttle, sea - bag in hand, and over whom the fore-topmast was swaying giddily.


  • The full-jib was also set, and, as it departed in shreds, the fore-topmast staysail was being hoisted.


  • More of the sailors took advantage of the interval to rush for'ard under the toppling fore-topmast, dive into the forecastle, and hastily pack their sea-bags.


  • The port shrouds of the foremast carried away at the chain-plates, and the fore-topmast leaned over drunkenly to starboard.


  • Then the fore-topmast would fall, yards would fall.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • A sorry, pitiful sight she looked, her fore-topmast broken off clean at the cap, her sails shivering in the wind.

    Hornblower In The West Indies

  • Jane_, as the fore-topmast had soon snapped off sharp at the cap like a carrot, bringing with it, of course, the fore-topgallant mast as well, and the main-topgallant mast, with their respective yards and other spars, and the jib-boom as well.

    Picked up at Sea The Gold Miners of Minturne Creek

  • The fore-topmast is a - complainin 'like anythink, I can tell ye, sir.

    The Ghost Ship A Mystery of the Sea

  • We had hauled the trysails and other fore and aft canvas, which was comparatively useless to a steamer when running before the wind at the time we had altered course towards the south, in quest of the ship in distress, the _Star of the North_ speeding along with only her fore - topsail and fore-topgallantsail set in addition to her fore-topmast staysail and mizzen staysail and jib.

    The Ghost Ship A Mystery of the Sea

  • There was a lookout on the fore-topmast crosstrees; but almost every one was looking out in the direction where some trace of David and Jonathan might be discovered.

    Picked up at Sea The Gold Miners of Minturne Creek


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