any upright pole, as a support for an aerial, a post in certain cranes, etc.
to provide with a mast or masts.
Idioms about mast
before the mast, Nautical. as an unlicensed sailor: He served several years before the mast.
- mast·less, adjective
- mast·like, adjective
- un·der·mast·ed, adjective
Other definitions for mast (2 of 3)
the fruit of the oak and beech or other forest trees, used as food for hogs and other animals.
Other definitions for mast- (3 of 3)
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How to use mast in a sentence
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which is the rectangular chimney-like structure that sits atop every submarine, because the direct-view periscope has been replaced by camera-equipped optronic masts.Electric propulsion makes this French submarine concept extra sneaky | Christina Mackenzie | November 30, 2020 | Popular-Science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 | THE 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.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
While it lasted flashes of lightning frequently played around the mast-top, occasioned by electricity.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for mast (1 of 3)
nautical any vertical spar for supporting sails, rigging, flags, etc, above the deck of a vessel or any components of such a composite spar
any sturdy upright pole used as a support
Also called: captain's mast nautical a hearing conducted by the captain of a vessel into minor offences of the crew
before the mast nautical as an apprentice seaman
(tr) nautical to equip with a mast or masts
- mastless, adjective
- mastlike, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for mast (2 of 3)
the fruit of forest trees, such as beech, oak, etc, used as food for pigs
British Dictionary definitions for mast- (3 of 3)
a variant of masto-
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Other Idioms and Phrases with mast
see at half-mast.
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