from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical The mast that is above the foretop.

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  • n. The mast above the foretop.


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fore- +‎ topmast


  • Fastening one end of a heavy tackle to the windlass, and with the other end fast to the butt of the foretopmast, I began to heave.

    Chapter 35

  • The maintopmast was over thirty feet in length, the foretopmast nearly thirty, and it was of these that

    Chapter 35

  • Captain Doane climbed even higher, seating himself on the stump of the foremast with legs a-straddle of the butt of the foretopmast.


  • At 8.30 a.m. on the 13th Stenhouse set the foresail and foretopmast staysail, and the

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917

  • Her foretopmast was bent at an unnatural angle and there were scars on her painted flank.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • Steel whipped in an arc, slashing among tarred line, and the foretopmast jerked, angled brokenly for-ward.


  • "Land on the lee bow!" yelled Orrock from the foretopmast-head.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • Cornwallis followed, with all the time honoured ceremonial of guard of honour and band and sideboys, while his flag was hauled down from the foretopmast head.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • To take the pull off the tops, the shrouds are continued round to the mast as "futtock" shrouds, on the same principle as the foretopmast-stay finds its continuation in the bobstay.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891

  • Thus the forestay comes from the foremast-head to the bows; the foretopmast-stay from the foretopmast-head to the bowsprit-head; the foretopgallant-stay from the foretopgallant-rigging to the jibboom-head; and the foreroyal-stay from the top of the royal mast to the end of the flying-jibboom.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891


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