from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See mizzen.

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  • noun nautical mizzenmast
  • noun nautical A fore-and-aft sail set on a mizzenmast.

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  • noun third mast from the bow in a vessel having three or more masts; the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy
  • noun fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast


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  • The top of the mizen was the first to disappear, then followed the main-top; and soon, of what had been a noble vessel, not a vestige was to be seen.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • She was a deep-waisted vessel, with three masts, the foremast and mainmast square-rigged, while the aftermast carried a long lateen-shaped sail called the mizen, with a square topsail and topgallantsail.

    The Missing Ship The Log of the "Ouzel" Galley

  • The wires in the ice took the strain (lashings at mizen chains carried away) and carried away fair – lead bollard on port side of forecastle head.

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

  • The mizen wireless mast came down in a raging blizzard to – day.

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

  • The mizen hid them from the man at the wheel, and the twilight of tropical stars held the main – deck.

    For the term of his natural life

  • So I lay, and wondered why light Came not, and watched the twilight And the glimmer of the skylight, That shot across the deck; And the binnacle pale and steady, And the dull glimpse of the dead-eye, And the sparks in fiery eddy, That whirled from the chimney neck: In our jovial floating prison There was sleep from fore to mizen, And never a star had risen The hazy sky to speck.

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

  • Oakum, without any farther hesitation, ordered the fellow to be unfettered; at the same time, threatening to make Morgan exchange situations with him for his spite; but the Briton no sooner heard the decision in favour of the madman, than he got up to the mizen-shrouds, crying to Thompson and me to get out of his reach, for we should see him play the devil with a vengeance.

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • Oakum, who leaned against the mizen-mast, no sooner saw me approach in my shirt, with the sleeves tucked up to my armpits, and my hands dyed with blood, than he signified his displeasure by a frown, and asked why the doctor himself did not come?

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • Fortunately, as I have said, the main-mast and the mizen are of iron; otherwise the heat at their base would long ago have brought them down and our chances of safety would have been much imperilled; but by crowding on sail the

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • Clouds of smoke issue from the front, followed by a long tongue of lambent flame that seems to encircle the mizen-mast.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor


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  • Var. spelling of mizzen.

    October 12, 2008