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[meyn-top] /ˈmeɪnˌtɒp/
noun, Nautical.
a platform at the head of the lower mainmast.
Origin of maintop
First recorded in 1475-85; main1 + top1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Acuma climbed to the maintop and looked at the coast of Peru with a telescope, and the captain took bearings with his instruments.

    Us and the Bottleman Edith Ballinger Price
  • I was with one of the oldsters in the maintop; the maintop-sail had just been close-reefed.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • maintop there, send down the hauling line on the starboard side.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • I don't care a damn if you load the schooner up to her maintop with sky-pilots and their dowdy women-kind.

  • The monkey with bleeding face, at length escaped to the maintop, and there cried itself asleep.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
  • Finding her sound and whole, Perry backed his maintop sail, and flung out his signal for close action.

  • Her husband was captain of the maintop, and as gallant and fine a seaman as ever stepped.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • The rigging that still confined the mizen-mast was cut away, so that the maintop could be easily withdrawn.

  • Two lanterns were raised into the maintop shrouds of the "Sutherland."

  • The officer of the maintop was James Jarvis, the youngest midshipman on board the ship.

British Dictionary definitions for maintop


a top or platform at the head of the mainmast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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