Afore the mast
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]


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  • Afore the mast — Afore A*fore , prep. 1. Before (in all its senses). [Archaic] [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) Before; in front of; farther forward than; as, afore the windlass. [1913 Webster] {Afore the mast}, among the common sailors; a phrase used to distinguish the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • afore the mast — adverb see before the mast …   Useful english dictionary

  • Before the mast — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • before the mast — adverb or afore the mast 1. : forward of the foremast 2. : as a common sailor shipped before the mast on a trading ship bound for the Orient * * * before the mast Serving as an ordinary sailor • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mast coat — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mast hoop — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Afore — A*fore , prep. 1. Before (in all its senses). [Archaic] [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) Before; in front of; farther forward than; as, afore the windlass. [1913 Webster] {Afore the mast}, among the common sailors; a phrase used to distinguish the ship… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foremast — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mainmast — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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