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main-topmast

[meyn-top-mast, -mahst; Nautical meyn-top-muh st] /ˌmeɪnˈtɒpˌmæst, -ˌmɑst; Nautical ˌmeɪnˈtɒp məst/
noun, Nautical.
1.
the mast next above the main lower mast.
Origin of main-topmast
1485-1495
First recorded in 1485-95
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Examples from the Web for main-topmast
Historical Examples
  • This it was necessary to do before sail could be set on the main-topmast.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • At last down came the fore-mast of the barque, followed by her main-topmast.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Away to leeward we discovered the Canada, with her main-topmast and mizzenmast gone.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • The Glorieux had lost her foremast, bowsprit, and main-topmast.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • “There goes her main-topmast,” cried Owen, almost with a groan.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • At length one of our shots struck her and carried away her main-topmast.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • Swan's ship had 16 guns, with a crew of 140 men, all English, and carried a Saint George's flag at her main-topmast head.

  • Shortly after midnight, however, his main-topmast went over the side, and the mizentopmast soon afterward.

  • In a few minutes the American's main-topmast fell, followed by his gaff and mizzen-topgallant-mast.

  • Sail was made, but at the moment when she was rounding the point a squall struck her and carried away her main-topmast.

British Dictionary definitions for main-topmast

main-topmast

noun
1.
(nautical) the mast immediately above the mainmast
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