[dis-mast, -mahst]

verb (used with object)

to deprive (a ship) of masts; break off the masts of.

Origin of dismast

First recorded in 1740–50; dis-1 + mast1
Related formsdis·mast·ment, noun
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(tr) to break off the mast or masts of (a sailing vessel)
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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