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  • n. Plural form of topmast.

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Examples

  • The staffs themselves were like ships 'masts, with topmasts spliced on in true nautical fashion, with shrouds, ratlines, gaffs, and flag-halyards.

    Chapter 1

  • There were vast, bulging sprawls of canvas on the foremast and mainmast, smaller spreads on the topmasts, three triangular sails stretched toward the repaired bowsprit, and more sails improvised in places Hap had never seen them before.

    End of Time

  • Another day of heart-breaking and dangerous toil saw us in camp with the two topmasts to the good.

    Chapter 36

  • In half a day I got the two topmasts aboard and the shears rigged and guyed as before.

    Chapter 36

  • True, the wind itself tore our canvas out of the gaskets, jerked out our topmasts, and made a raffle of our running gear; but still we would have come through nicely had we not been square in front of the advancing storm-center.

    THE HEATHEN

  • Daughtry and the captain emerged last from the cabin, and both stared upward for a moment at the gaps in the slender, sky - scraping top-hamper, where, only minutes before, the main - and mizzen-topmasts had been.

    CHAPTER XV

  • "Never were there more dainty and lovable topmasts on a three-masted schooner, and never was there a three - masted schooner that worked like the witch she was to windward."

    CHAPTER XV

  • True, the wind itself tore our canvas out of the gaskets, jerked out our topmasts, and made a raffle of our running gear, but still we would have come through nicely had we not been square in front of the advancing storm center.

    THE HEATHEN

  • Topsails would be a nuisance and a danger for a crew of two, so I heaved the topmasts on deck and lashed them fast.

    Chapter 38

  • Lashing the two topmasts together, and making allowance for their unequal length, at the point of intersection I attached the double block of the main throat-halyards.

    Chapter 35

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