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topgallant mast

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noun Nautical.
  1. a mast fixed to the head of a topmast on a square-rigged vessel.
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Origin of topgallant mast

First recorded in 1505–15
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Historical Examples

  • Mulford soon had the reef out, and the sail distended to the utmost, while the topgallant-mast was soon up and fidded.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Ay, ay; I've sprung my topgallant-mast, and think this a good occasion to get another up in its place.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The topgallant-mast still reared its taper form high above me, and the worst was yet to come.

    Hudson Bay

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • A yet smaller mast, elevated through irons at the head of the topgallant-mast; but more generally the two are formed of one spar.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The mast-rope employed to sway up a top-mast or topgallant-mast, in order to fix it in its place, or lower it.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth