[miz-uh n-mast, -mahst; Nautical miz-uh n-muh st]
- the third mast from forward in a vessel having three or more masts.
- the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy; jiggermast.
Origin of mizzenmast
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Examples from the Web for mizzenmast
The mast upon which the smaller sail is set is known as the mizzenmast.
In the yawl the mizzenmast is always stepped aft of the rudder-post.
Teach, to the fore; Raveneau, to the main; and Rock, to the mizzenmast.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
It fell quickly, and as it fell it bore down the mizzenmast.Heroes of the Goodwin Sands</p>
Thomas Stanley Treanor
She had lost her mizzenmast, and her other masts and several of her yards were injured.The Rival Crusoes
- (on a yawl, ketch, or dandy) the after mast
- (on a vessel with three or more masts) the third mast from the bow
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