from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, the mast next above the lower mainmast.

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

  • noun the mast next above the mainmast.

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

  • noun the topmast next above the mainmast


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  • "Of course not," was Daughtry's judgment, as he dashed across the deck, crawled through the confusion of the main-topmast and its many stays that blocked the way, and found the tiny, white morsel of life perched on a bunk-edge, ruffling its feathers, erecting and flattening its rosy crest, and cursing in honest human speech the waywardness of the world and of ships and humans upon the sea.


  • The masts and main-topmast were somewhat attacked by decay, while the rest of the spars were good.

    The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian antarctic expedition in the 'Fram', 1910 to 1912

  • Shortly after midnight, however, his main-topmast went over the side, and the mizen - topmast soon afterward.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • Without the immense leverage of the topsails Hotspur ceased to lie over quite so steeply; the more gentle influence of the main-topmast stay-yail kept her reasonably steady, and now the rudder desisted from its hitherto constant effort to force the little ship to battle into the wind.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • It might be of considerable advantage when lying-go, for even the reduction in height alone would be considerable, but when Hornblower turned his attention back to the Hotspur and observed her behaviour under her main-topmast stay-yail he felt no dissatisfaction.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • We soon perceived it was a large vessel, and that she bore up to us, but could not at first know what to make of her, till, after coming a little nearer, we found she had lost her main-topmast, fore-mast, and bowsprit; and presently she fired a gun as a signal of distress.

    The Further Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe

  • The Wasp has lost her main-topmast, and is raking the Frolic as she lays her on board.

    The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876

  • Alligators of immense size are found in the rivers, creeks, and pools, and serpents are met with on the swampy banks of the river, as large as the main-topmast of a merchant ship, and much larger!

    Jack in the Forecastle or, Incidents in the Early Life of Hawser Martingale

  • Captain Mott insisted on carrying main-topmast and middle staysails, and occasionally when the vessel was a little off of her course, the main-topmast staysail sheet, which was fastened to

    Jack in the Forecastle or, Incidents in the Early Life of Hawser Martingale

  • Our main-topmast was shot away between four and five minutes from the commencement of the firing, and falling, together with the main-topsail yard, across the larboard fore and fore-topsail braces, rendered our head-yards unmanageable the remainder of the action.

    The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876


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