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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. 2018.
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  • I did as directed, the hands who had been aloft meeting me in the maintop on their way down.

    A Middy of the King Harry Collingwood
  • I heard a deep groan near me as I was seated in the maintop.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • Her husband was captain of the maintop, and as gallant and fine a seaman as ever stepped.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • maintop there, send down the hauling line on the starboard side.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • I was with one of the oldsters in the maintop; the maintop-sail had just been close-reefed.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • "You'll be in the maintop next, I don't doubt," said her father, laughing.

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
  • Jarvis and the men in the maintop had little time to use their muskets.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • Two lanterns were raised into the maintop shrouds of the "Sutherland."

  • They beat the mate unmercifully, and hung him up by the neck under the maintop.

    The Pirates Own Book

    Charles Ellms
  • He fell back as a streak of red ran slowly between the planking of the maintop and trickled down the mast to the deck.

    A Modern Buccaneer Rolf Boldrewood
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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