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[dis-mast, -mahst]
verb (used with object)
  1. to deprive (a ship) of masts; break off the masts of.
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Origin of dismast

First recorded in 1740–50; dis-1 + mast1
Related formsdis·mast·ment, noun
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Historical Examples

  • From the heavy loss suffered in our ships, it may be concluded that in this battle the Dutch fired less to dismast than to kill.

    A Short History of the Royal Navy 1217 to 1688

    David Hannay

  • So I was busy,—but managed to dismast the hantu prau and wrap it up in matting, so that it went aboard with the plunder.

British Dictionary definitions for dismast


  1. (tr) to break off the mast or masts of (a sailing vessel)
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Derived Formsdismastment, noun
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Word Origin and History for dismast


1747, from dis- + mast (n.1). Related: Dismasted; dismasting.

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