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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Nautical The top of a mast.
  • noun The listing in a newspaper or periodical of information about its staff, operation, and circulation.
  • noun The title of a newspaper or periodical as it appears across the first page, front cover, or title page.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To raise to the masthead; place or display at the masthead.
  • To punish, as a sailor, by sending to the masthead (the top of one of the lower masts) for a certain or an indefinite time.
  • noun The top or head of the mast of a ship or vessel; technically, the top or head of the lower mast, but by extension the highest point of the mast.
  • noun One who is stationed at the masthead: as, the sundown masthead.

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

  • noun (Naut.) The top or head of a mast; the part of a mast above the hounds.
  • transitive verb (Naut.) To cause to go to the masthead as a punishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical The top of a mast.
  • noun US A list of a newspaper or other periodical's main staff, contributing writers, publisher, circulation, advertising rates etc.
  • noun UK The title (normally in a large and distinctive font) of a newspaper at the top of the front page
  • verb nautical, transitive To send to the masthead as a punishment.

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

  • noun a listing printed in all issues of a newspaper or magazine (usually on the editorial page) that gives the name of the publication and the names of the editorial staff, etc.
  • noun the title of a newspaper or magazine; usually printed on the front page and on the editorial page
  • noun the head or top of a mast

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