Definitions

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  • noun sailing The yard of the mainmast, from which the mainsail is hung

Etymologies

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main +‎ yard

Examples

  • And what was that line of dark objects dangling along the mainyard? —

    Westward Ho!

  • Amyas fought with her a whole day, and shot away her mainyard; how the Spaniard blundered down the coast of Wales, not knowing whither he went; how they were both nearly lost on Holyhead, and again on

    Westward Ho!

  • It made its way into the cabin, into the forecastle; it poisoned the sheltered places on the deck, it could be sniffed as high as the mainyard.

    Youth, by Joseph Conrad

  • The mainyard, an immense affair nearly a hundred feet long, was formed of many pieces of wood and bamboo bound together with rattans in an ingenious manner.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • As the battle entered its fourth hour, around 10:15 P.M., Hamilton edged out along the footropes of the mainyard carrying a lighted slow-match and a leather bucket of grenades.

    John Paul Jones

  • The log lists a steady trickle of desertions thereafter, including the name of the hero of the battle off Flamborough Head, William Hamilton, the brave seaman who climbed out on the mainyard and dropped the grenade through the hatchway on the Serapis.

    John Paul Jones

  • He had hooked himself now, as the tremendous jerk he gave the cable proved, and the sailors began to haul in the monster by means of tackle attached to the mainyard.

    In Search of the Castaways

  • As the battle entered its fourth hour, around 10:15 P.M., Hamilton edged out along the footropes of the mainyard carrying a lighted slow-match and a leather bucket of grenades.

    John Paul Jones

  • The log lists a steady trickle of desertions thereafter, including the name of the hero of the battle off Flamborough Head, William Hamilton, the brave seaman who climbed out on the mainyard and dropped the grenade through the hatchway on the Serapis.

    John Paul Jones

  • The sailors at the fore and mizzen had come down; the line tubs were fixed in their places; the cranes were thrust out; the mainyard was backed, and the three boats swung over the sea like three samphire baskets over high cliffs.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

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