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[meyn-top-gal-uh nt; Nautical meyn-tuh-gal-uh nt] /ˈmeɪn tɒpˈgæl ənt; Nautical ˈmeɪn təˈgæl ənt/
the main-topgallantmast, its sail, or its yard.
Origin of main-topgallant
First recorded in 1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • “The main-topgallant clewline,” I answered, casting my eye aloft to note the “lead” of the rope.

    The Congo Rovers Harry Collingwood
  • The captain was on the poop, holding on to the main-topgallant backstay, and shrieking orders like one possessed.

    Sea Stories Various
  • Away flew the main-topgallant studden sail; the topmast studden sail followed.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • "We had better get up the main-topgallant sail, Brown, and run up to her," Bob said.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • At the same time the main-topgallant mast with its sail and yard was carried away.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • The foremast is sprung, the main-topgallant mast is gone, and the mizzen has been snapped off close by the deck.

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