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

  • noun The third mast aft on a sailing vessel having three or more masts.
  • noun The mast aft of the mainmast on a ketch or yawl.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The mast that supports the mizzen; the aftermost mast of a three-masted vessel.
  • noun plural The lower-mast, topmast, and topgallantmast of the mast next abaft the mainmast.

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

  • noun (Naut.) the third mast from the bow in a vessel having three or more masts; the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy.

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

  • noun nautical The aftmost mast on a ship having three or more masts
  • noun nautical The shorter, after mast of a ship having two masts, such as a ketch or yawl

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

  • 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

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