Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • The shrouds on the main lower mast.

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Examples

  • She was standing a dozen feet away, one hand resting on the main-shrouds and her body swaying gently to the slight roll of the ship.

    Chapter 24

  • And he knows how to use the single elegant detail—like that palm-trunk wedged in the main-shrouds and lashing murderously about—to sharpen and give substance to our imaginative participation in the action.

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  • And he knows how to use the single elegant detail—like that palm-trunk wedged in the main-shrouds and lashing murderously about—to sharpen and give substance to our imaginative participation in the action.

    Heavy Weather

  • Just as we came under his quarter he pointed a gun that was sticking out a little abaft his main-shrouds right at us, and put the match to it, but it happened very luckily that the gun blew.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • On ascending he swam to gain the main-shrouds, when three men suddenly seized hold of him.

    Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy A weird series of tales of shipwreck and disaster, from the earliest part of the century to the present time, with accounts of providential escapes and heart-rending fatalities.

  • When the stores had been received on board, the anchor was weighed in order to take up a more favourable position for making a start, but, unfortunately, shortly after the ship got underway, a man named Peter Flowers fell from the main-shrouds into the sea and was drowned before assistance could be rendered: the second death since leaving England.

    The Life of Captain James Cook

  • Mr. Barker perceived that they would overtake him before long, and he determined on flight, not forward or aft, but aloft; and he leisurely lifted himself into the main-shrouds, and climbing half-way, hooked his feet through the ratlines.

    Doctor Claudius, A True Story

  • She had a flush or level deck from the well in the bows to a fathom or so past the main-shrouds; it was then broken by a short poop-deck, which went in a great spring or rise to the stern, that was after the pink style, very narrow and tall.

    The Frozen Pirate

  • "Just going," was the reply, and giving up his place by the starboard main-shrouds to Fitz, the lad ran across the deck to the port side, where he began to ascend, the pair meeting at the masthead upon equal terms.

    Fitz the Filibuster

  • He stopped at the main-shrouds again, the axe descended and the mainmast went over the side.

    A Chapter of Adventures

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