[fawr-top-mast, -mahst, fohr-; Nautical fawr-top-muh st, fohr-]


the spar or section of a pole mast serving as the topmast of a foremast on a ship.

Origin of fore-topmast

First recorded in 1620–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fore-topmast

Historical Examples of fore-topmast

  • He also thought it possible to set a fore-topmast stay-sail flying.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • She had lost her fore-topmast and jib-boom during the night, off O'Kosiri.

    In Eastern Seas

    J. J. Smith

  • Just as I reached the fore-topmast cross-trees, they were up to me.

  • There was a loud crash—the fore-topmast had gone over the side.

    Marmaduke Merry

    William H. G. Kingston

  • The Revenge lost her fore-topmast ere the swine could find their wits.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

British Dictionary definitions for fore-topmast



nautical a mast stepped above a foremast
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