- of or relating to a mizzenmast.
- noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a mizzen lower mast or to some upper mast of a mizzenmast.
- noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a mizzen lower mast or some specified upper mast of a mizzenmast: mizzen topmast stay.
Origin of mizzen
Examples from the Web for mizen
She was leaning against the mizen shrouds, between the coils of rope.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
At midnight, orders were given to furl the fore and mizen topsails.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
The crew were seen in the mizen rigging, frantically waving.The Shellback's Progress
To bagpipe the mizen is to lay it aback, by bringing the sheet to the mizen-shrouds.
The flags borne on the mizen were particularly called gallants.
- a sail set on a mizzenmast
- short for mizzenmast
- of or relating to any kind of gear used with a mizzenmasta mizzen staysail
Word Origin and History for mizen
early 15c., from Middle French misaine "foresail, foremast," altered (by influence of Italian mezzana "mizzen") from Old French migenne, from Catalan mitjana, from Latin medianus "of the middle" (see median). Klein suggests the French word is from Arabic, via Italian.