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  • adj. Without a mast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bearing no mast.
  • adj. Having no mast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no mast: as, a mastless vessel.
  • Bearing or producing no mast: as, a mastless beech.


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  • As the cacophony of sound raged around him he fell silent, breathing deeply, and stood there for a short while longer, turning this way and that, like a once great ship lashed by a terrible storm, mastless and twisting at anchor, until something in him seemed to give way.


  • Lined up alongside a pontoon on the landward side of the marina is a cluster of strange, mastless boats.

    Rowing the ATLANTIC

  • He laughed at their gunnery training on a mastless ship and demanded to know just how they could be of service on an expedition sailing ship which carried only small arms.

    The Terror

  • The ship had been mastless and permanently moored in Portsmouth, Crozier knew, for more than fifteen years, serving as a training vessel for the Royal Navy's most promising gunners.

    The Terror

  • It gave one a sickening sensation to see it, for, mastless and useless as she was, she seemed to be a link with the outer world.

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917

  • After that come memories of Sligo, where I live with my grandparents.2 I am sitting on the ground looking at a mastless toy boat with the paint rubbed and scratched, and I say to myself in great melancholy, ‘It is further away than it used to be’, and while I am saying it I am looking at a long scratch in the stern, for it is especially the scratch which is further away.

    Collected Works of W. B. Yeats Volume III Autobiographies

  • Now, slender and curved thou glidest through space like a mastless galley; and then, amid the stars, thou art like a shepherd keeping his flock.


  • From November 7, 1765, to January 29, 1766, the sloop Peggy drifted mastless in the North Atlantic until all food ran out and the crew killed and ate a black slave.

    A Furnace Afloat

  • A mastless hulk, its guns silent, drifted away from the melee.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • Smaller ships still, mastless like the boat she was on, with a high sharp peak at the front and a low flat house at the back, spidered across the water on oars, one pair or two, or sometimes three.

    A Crown of Swords


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