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[fawr-top-mast, -mahst, fohr-; Nautical fawr-top-muh st, fohr-] /ˌfɔrˈtɒpˌmæst, -ˌmɑst, ˌfoʊr-; Nautical ˌfɔrˈtɒp məst, ˌfoʊr-/
the spar or section of a pole mast serving as the topmast of a foremast on a ship.
Origin of fore-topmast
First recorded in 1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for fore-topmast
Historical Examples
  • He also thought it possible to set a fore-topmast stay-sail flying.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • She had lost her fore-topmast and jib-boom during the night, off O'Kosiri.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • Just as I reached the fore-topmast cross-trees, they were up to me.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • There was a loud crash—the fore-topmast had gone over the side.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • The Revenge lost her fore-topmast ere the swine could find their wits.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • The cry is from a man stationed on the fore-topmast cross-trees of the Condor.

  • The first glance of the captain, on recovering his feet and sustaining himself by clasping round a gun, was to the fore-topmast.

    Captain Kyd, Vol. II Joseph Holt Ingraham
  • Suddenly the ship rose with a violent motion to an even keel, carrying away, as she did so, her fore-topmast.

  • At length, her fore-topmast, which had before been severely injured by a chain shot, came down with a crash upon the deck.

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • The fore-topmast was in its place, the main-topgallant-mast replaced, and the standing and running rigging nearly finished.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
British Dictionary definitions for fore-topmast


/fɔːˈtɒpˌmɑːst; nautical fɔːˈtɒpməst/
(nautical) a mast stepped above a foremast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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