topmast
noun Date: 15th century the mast that is next above the lower mast and is topmost in a fore-and-aft rig

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Topmast — Top mast, n. (Naut.) The second mast, or that which is next above the lower mast, and below the topgallant mast. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • topmast — ► NOUN ▪ the second section of a square rigged sailing ship s mast, immediately above the lower mast …   English terms dictionary

  • topmast — [täp′mast΄; ] naut. [, täp′məst] n. the second mast above the deck of a sailing ship, supported by the lower mast and often supporting a topgallant mast in turn …   English World dictionary

  • Topmast — The masts of traditional sailing ships were not single spars, but were constructed of separate sections or masts, each with its own rigging. The topmast is one of these.The topmast is semi permanently attached to the upper front of the lower mast …   Wikipedia

  • topmast — /top mast , mahst /; Naut. /top meuhst/, n. Naut. the mast next above a lower mast, usually formed as a separate spar from the lower mast and used to support the yards or rigging of a topsail or topsails. [1475 85; TOP1 + MAST1] * * * …   Universalium

  • topmast — noun a) The highest mast in a fore and aft rigged ship. b) The mast below the topgallant mast in a square rigged ship …   Wiktionary

  • topmast — ship s mast above the lower mast Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • topmast — top·mast || tÉ‘pmÉ™st / tÉ’pmɑːst n. topmost mast on ship …   English contemporary dictionary

  • topmast — [ tɒpmα:st, məst] noun the second section of a square rigged sailing ship s mast, immediately above the lower mast …   English new terms dictionary

  • topmast — top·mast …   English syllables

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