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mizzenmast

or mizenmast

[miz-uh n-mast, -mahst; Nautical miz-uh n-muh st] /ˈmɪz ənˌmæst, -ˌmɑst; Nautical ˈmɪz ən məst/
noun, Nautical.
1.
the third mast from forward in a vessel having three or more masts.
2.
the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy; jiggermast.
Origin of mizzenmast
late Middle English
1375-1425
First recorded in 1375-1425, mizzenmast is from the late Middle English word meson mast. See mizzen, mast1
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Historical Examples
  • The mast upon which the smaller sail is set is known as the mizzenmast.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • In the yawl the mizzenmast is always stepped aft of the rudder-post.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • 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

    Thomas Stanley Treanor
  • She had lost her mizzenmast, and her other masts and several of her yards were injured.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • Away to leeward we discovered the Canada, with her main-topmast and mizzenmast gone.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • It does not matter about the mizzenmast, but the yard is of importance.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • Captain Winslow's shells cut the mizzenmast of the Alabama in two.

    The Blue and The Gray A. R. White
  • I knew right off that there was something up the mizzenmast.

    Captain Pott's Minister Francis L. Cooper
  • The length is measured from the mizzenmast to the bow, and the beam from edge to edge.

British Dictionary definitions for mizzenmast

mizzenmast

/ˈmɪzənˌmɑːst; nautical ˈmɪzənməst/
noun (nautical)
1.
(on a yawl, ketch, or dandy) the after mast
2.
(on a vessel with three or more masts) the third mast from the bow
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