- 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)
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Origin of mast1
OTHER WORDS FROM mastmastless, adjectivemastlike, adjectiveun·der·mast·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for mast
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which is the rectangular chimney-like structure that sits atop every submarine, because the direct-view periscope has been replaced by camera-equipped optronic masts.Electric propulsion makes this French submarine concept extra sneaky|Christina Mackenzie|November 30, 2020|Popular Science
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.
The schooner was typically defined as a relatively small marine vessel with two or more masts – with fore and aft sails on both these masts.Know Your Historical Warships: From 7th Century BC – 17th Century AD|Dattatreya Mandal|April 4, 2020|Realm of History
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?
British Dictionary definitions for mast (1 of 3)
Derived forms of mastmastless, adjectivemastlike, adjective
Word Origin for mast
British Dictionary definitions for mast (2 of 3)
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Idioms and Phrases with mast
see at half-mast.