mast

1
[ mast, mahst ]
/ mæst, mɑst /

noun

Nautical.
  1. 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.
  2. any of a number of individual spars composing such a structure, as a topmast supported on trestletrees at the head of a lower mast.
  3. 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.
Also called pillar. the upright support of a jib crane.
any upright pole, as a support for an aerial, a post in certain cranes, etc.

verb (used with object)

to provide with a mast or masts.

Idioms

    before the mast, Nautical. as an unlicensed sailor: He served several years before the mast.

Origin of mast

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English mæst; cognate with German Mast; akin to Latin mālus pole
Related formsmast·less, adjectivemast·like, adjectiveun·der·mast·ed, adjective

Definition for mast (2 of 3)

mast

2
[ mast, mahst ]
/ mæst, mɑst /

noun

the fruit of the oak and beech or other forest trees, used as food for hogs and other animals.

Origin of mast

2
before 900; Middle English; Old English mæst; cognate with German Mast; akin to meat

Definition for mast (3 of 3)

mast-

variant of masto- before a vowel: mastectomy.

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British Dictionary definitions for mast (1 of 3)

mast

1
/ (mɑːst) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) nautical to equip with a mast or masts
Derived Formsmastless, adjectivemastlike, adjective

Word Origin for mast

Old English mæst; related to Middle Dutch mast and Latin mālus pole

British Dictionary definitions for mast (2 of 3)

mast

2
/ (mɑːst) /

noun

the fruit of forest trees, such as beech, oak, etc, used as food for pigs

Word Origin for mast

Old English mæst; related to Old High German mast food, and perhaps to meat

British Dictionary definitions for mast (3 of 3)

mast-

combining form

a variant of masto-

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Medicine definitions for mast

mast-

pref.

Variant ofmasto-

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Idioms and Phrases with mast

mast

see at half-mast.


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