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.
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- 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.
Shortly after midnight, however, his main-topmast went over the side, and the mizen - topmast soon afterward.
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.
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.
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 Wasp has lost her main-topmast, and is raking the Frolic as she lays her on board.
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!
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
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.