- 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.
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Idioms for mast
Origin of mast1
OTHER WORDS FROM mastmastless, adjectivemastlike, adjectiveun·der·mast·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for mast
I’m straining to see ahead and make sure I don’t hit a ship’s mast.Taking to the skies in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s ‘Wind, Sand and Stars’|Mary Winston Nicklin|April 1, 2021|Washington Post
Its square base contains weights so it doesn’t tip over when lifting heavy boxes, and it “sees” its surroundings using cameras and sensors mounted on a mast that’s separate from its lifting arm.Boston Dynamics’ New Warehouse Robot, Stretch, Moves 800 Boxes an Hour|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|March 31, 2021|Singularity Hub
There is no rear propellor in the traditional sense, and it has no need of a sail, which is the rectangular chimney-like structure that sits atop every submarine, because the direct-view periscope has been replaced by camera-equipped optronic masts.Electric propulsion makes this French submarine concept extra sneaky|Christina Mackenzie|November 30, 2020|Popular Science
As a ship sails away from harbor, noted Sacrobosco, a lookout at the top of the mast will still be able to see land long after the sailors on deck have lost sight of it.The Idea of the 'Dark Ages' Is a Myth. Here's Why Medieval Scientific Progress Still Matters|Seb Falk|November 17, 2020|Time
This has led some people to set telecom masts on fire—there were at least 140 arson attacks in the first half of the year—and to threaten the engineers who deploy 5G infrastructure.
Bound together by mutual distrust, both sides end up lashing themselves to the mast of rigid law.
The failure to fly a flag at half mast was widely interpreted as an expression of disrespect.
Outside, somebody had taken care to lower the flags to half-mast.
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
"This organized conspiracy on your part," the capstan gurgled, taking his cue from the mast.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
Here and there, but far away, a mast or sail rose above the level surface of the marsh.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
I also put entirely new spars into her, and there stands her old mast.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
The man was raving mad, and the captain was obliged to have him bound hand and foot, and chained to the mast.
While it lasted flashes of lightning frequently played around the mast-top, occasioned by electricity.
British Dictionary definitions for mast (1 of 3)
Derived forms of mastmastless, adjectivemastlike, adjective
Word Origin for mast
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Idioms and Phrases with mast
see at half-mast.