[meyn-mast, -mahst; Nautical meyn-muh st]
Origin of mainmast
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Anything belonging to the mainmast should be distinguished by the prefix main.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
He snatched a cross-bow from the rack about the mainmast, fitted a shaft to it and took aim.
They crowded to the bulwarks of the waist-deck and swarmed upon the rat-lines of the mainmast.
He stepped to the mainmast, about which the powder kegs had been stacked.
All at once, by the mainmast, somebody catches him by the arm.Within the Tides
- nautical the chief mast of a sailing vessel with two or more masts, being the foremast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy and the second mast from the bow of most others
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Word Origin and History for mainmast
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