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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The third mast or the mast aft of a mainmast on a ship having three or more masts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. 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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