- a spar or structure rising above the hull and upper portions of a ship or boat to hold sails, spars, rigging, booms, signals, etc., at some point on the fore-and-aft line, as a foremast or mainmast.
- any of a number of individual spars composing such a structure, as a topmast supported on trestletrees at the head of a lower mast.
- any of various portions of a single spar that are beside particular sails, as a top-gallant mast and royal mast formed as a single spar.
verb (used with object)
- massys, quentin,
- masséna, andré,
- mast ball,
- mast band,
- mast bed,
- mast cell,
- mast cell leukemia
Origin of mast1
Origin of mast2
Examples from the Web for mast
Bound together by mutual distrust, both sides end up lashing themselves to the mast of rigid law.
Users include the Singapore navy: What small-warship commander would turn down a 1,000-foot mast?
When Odysseus journeyed back from Troy, his men tied him to the mast of his ship when the Sirens tempted him to leave it.War Nostalgia Is Leading Veterans to Places Like Syria. One Went Missing There.|Elliot Ackerman|May 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The 13th Congressional District ship of state flies the Jolly David from its mast.PJ’s Political Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatheads|P. J. O’Rourke|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both French commanders died: Quiéret was killed as his ship was boarded, and Béhuchet was hanged from the mast of his ship.
For the first time I dared to cease rowing, and stepping the mast, hoisted my sail.In the Eastern Seas|W.H.G. Kingston
If were forced to clear for action, well nail the flag to the mast.The Protector|Harold Bindloss
Two casks of wine were demanded, one from before and the other from behind the mast.Old Church Lore|William Andrews
Silence; nothing stirred except the yearling who had returned to the mast and was eagerly nosing among the acorns.The Danger Mark|Robert W. Chambers
We can have the yacht, then, General, mast and sail and all?
Word Origin for mast
Word Origin for mast
"long pole on a ship to support the sail," Old English mæst, from Proto-Germanic *mastaz (cf. Old Norse mastr, Middle Dutch maste, Dutch, Danish mast, German Mast), from PIE *mazdo- "a pole, rod" (cf. Latin malus "mast," Old Irish matan "club," Irish maide "a stick," Old Church Slavonic mostu "bridge"). The single mast of an old ship was the boundary between quarters of officers and crew, hence before the mast in the title of Dana's book, etc.
"fallen nuts; food for swine," Old English mæst, from Proto-Germanic *masto (cf. Dutch, Old High German, German mast "mast;" Old English verb mæsten "to fatten, feed"), perhaps from PIE *mad-sta-, from root *mad- "moist, wet," also used of various qualities of food (cf. Sanskrit madati "it bubbles, gladdens," medah "fat, marrow;" Latin madere "be sodden, be drunk;" Middle Persian mast "drunk;" Old English mete "food," Old High German muos "meal, mushlike food," Gothic mats "food").
see at half-mast.