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[three-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈθriˈmæs tər, -ˈmɑ stər/
noun, Nautical.
a sailing ship with three masts.
Origin of three-master
First recorded in 1880-85
Related forms
three-masted, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was plain enough that he was devising some expedient to escape the three-master.

    Fighting for the Right Oliver Optic
  • three-master, carrying lumber—that wed landed—return voyage.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • The captain, irritated by this, veered about and ran straight down upon the three-master.

  • A three-master, with an auxiliary motor for bad weather, the Sea Nymph had been built for island trade.

    Sign of the Green Arrow Roy J. (Roy Judson) Snell
  • The other vessels were two-masted schooners, but she was a three-master and the largest in the fleet.

  • Rantaine, the three-master lying-to out yonder is the Tamaulipas.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • A three-master belonging to the East India Company, with two million francs in bullion, will soon be along.

    Avarice-Anger: Eugne Sue
  • Wouldn't you think he was bearing down smack onto the bow of that three-master?

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • “Look at the other one,” and he pointed to the three-master, whose decks looked as if they were awash.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
  • Sometimes fifteen or twenty or more stand in; all sizes from the ketch to the three-master.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies

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