mizzenmast
Mast Mast, n. [AS. m[ae]st, masc.; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. mast, Icel. mastr, and perh. to L. malus.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails, yards, rigging, etc. A mast may also consist of several pieces of timber united by iron bands, or of a hollow pillar of iron or steel. [1913 Webster]

The tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast Of some great ammiral. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Note: The most common general names of masts are {foremast}, {mainmast}, and {mizzenmast}, each of which may be made of separate spars. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mach.) The vertical post of a derrick or crane. [1913 Webster]

3. (A["e]ronautics) A spar or strut to which tie wires or guys are attached for stiffening purposes. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Afore the mast}, {Before the mast}. See under {Afore}, and {Before}.

{Mast coat}. See under {Coat}.

{Mast hoop}, one of a number of hoops attached to the fore edge of a boom sail, which slip on the mast as the sail is raised or lowered; also, one of the iron hoops used in making a made mast. See {Made}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Mizzenmast — Miz zen*mast, n. (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. Note: The definition varies slightly with the dictionary; in some dictionaries it is the last mast …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mizzenmast — [miz′ən mast΄; ] naut. [, miz′ənməst] n. [see MIZZEN] 1. the mast third from the bow in a ship with three or more masts 2. the smaller, after mast in a ketch or yawl …   English World dictionary

  • mizzenmast — noun Date: 15th century the mast aft or next aft of the mainmast in a ship …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mizzenmast — /miz euhn mast , mahst /; Naut. /miz euhn meuhst/, n. Naut. 1. the third mast from forward in a vessel having three or more masts. See illus. under quarterdeck. 2. the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy; jiggermast. Also, mizenmast …   Universalium

  • mizzenmast — noun /ˈmɪz.ənˌmɑːst,ˈmɪz.ənˌmæst/ a) The aftmost mast on a ship having three or more masts b) The shorter, after mast of a ship having two masts, such as a ketch or yawl Syn: mast …   Wiktionary

  • mizzenmast — mast aft or next aft of the mainmast in a ship Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • mizzenmast — n. rear or aft mast, third mast (Nautical) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mizzenmast — miz·zen·mast …   English syllables

  • mizzenmast — miz•zen•mast or miz•en•mast [[t]ˈmɪz ənˌmæst, ˌmɑst[/t]] naut. [[t] məst[/t]] n. 1) naut. the third mast from forward in a vessel having three or more masts 2) naut. the after and shorter mast of a yawl or ketch; jiggermast • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • mizzenmast — /ˈmɪzənmast/ (say mizuhnmahst), / məst/ (say muhst) noun 1. the aftermost mast of a three masted vessel, or the third on a vessel with more than three masts. 2. the after and shorter of the two masts of a yawl or ketch. Also, mizenmast …   Australian English dictionary

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