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

  • n. The mast below the topgallant mast in a square-rigged ship and highest in a fore-and-aft-rigged ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The highest mast in a fore-and-aft-rigged ship.
  • n. The mast below the topgallant mast in a square-rigged ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The second mast, or that which is next above the lower mast, and below the topgallant mast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, the second mast from the deck, or that which is next, above the lower mast—main, fore, or mizzen.

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

  • n. the mast next above a lower mast and topmost in a fore-and-aft rig


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  • A second moment they devoted to the wreckage of the same on deck -- the mizzen-topmast, thrust through the spanker and supported vertically by the stout canvas, thrashing back and forth with each thrash of the sail, the main - topmast squarely across the ruined companionway to the steerage.

    Chapter 15

  • There is no doubt that getting rid of the leverage of the bowsprit, right up in her eyes, eased her a good bit; and as the topmast was a pretty heavy spar, too, that also helped. "

    Held Fast For England A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779-83)

  • The month in which my seventeenth birthday arrived I signed on before the mast on the Sophie Sutherland, a three-topmast schooner bound on a seven-months 'seal-hunting cruise to the coast of Japan.

    That Dead Men Rise Up Never

  • Such information did he gather, over many bottles of beer, that the next afternoon, hiring a small launch at a cost of ten shillings, he journeyed up the harbour to Jackson Bay, where lay the lofty - poled, sweet-lined, three-topmast American schooner, the Mary


  • I saw the mizzen topmast lurching across a faint radiance of cloud behind which was the moon.

    That Dead Men Rise Up Never

  • The next time the clouds thinned I looked for'ard, and there was the shadow of the topmast, long and attenuated, wavering and lurching on the deck and against the rigging.

    That Dead Men Rise Up Never

  • The fine, three-topmast schooner Ariel, on a cruise around the world, had already been out a year from San Francisco when Jerry boarded her.


  • I extended the line between the cloudy radiance and the mizzen-topmast and found that it must strike somewhere near the fore-rigging on the port side.

    That Dead Men Rise Up Never

  • January I signed before the shipping commissioner the articles of the Sophie Sutherland, a three topmast sealing schooner bound on a voyage to the coast of Japan.

    Chapter 15

  • But when the butt of the topmast was level with the rail, everything came to a standstill.

    Chapter 35


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