from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a temporary mast erected on a ship, to supply the place of one that has been broken or carried away, as in a tempest or an engagement.
  • noun In surgery, a metal rod attached to a plaster jacket and supporting a sling in which the head rests by the chin and occiput: employed to relieve the spine of the weight of the head in caries of the cervical or upper dorsal vertebræ.


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  • "'Such tales have I heard of Captain Bentinck's palls, or rather shrouds, and his triangular courses, of Captain Pakenham's newly-discovered rudder, of Captain Bolton's jury-mast, of improved iron-horses, dogs, dolphins, mouses — or mice as some say — puddings...'

    "'Puddings, my dear sir?' cried Graham.

    "'Puddings. We trice 'em athwart the starboard gumbrils, when sailing by and large.'

    "'The starboard gumbrils ... by and large,' said Graham, and with a passing qualm Stephen recalled that the Professor had an unusually good memory..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 76

    February 11, 2008