of or relating to a mizzenmast.
noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a mizzen lower mast or to some upper mast of a mizzenmast.
noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a mizzen lower mast or some specified upper mast of a mizzenmast: mizzen topmast stay.
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How to use mizzen in a sentence
The foremast is sprung, the main-topgallant mast is gone, and the mizzen has been snapped off close by the deck.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
Three times they struck on the shoal; on the third occasion the mizzen-mast and sail were blown out of the boat.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
Then the fore-topmast and mizzen-topgallantmast of the Raleigh were shot away, leaving her in a crippled state.
Last of all, her mizzen-mast was cut short off by the plunging shot, and fell over the side.
As the Constitution came up with all masts standing and sails set, the British flag was raised to the stump of the mizzen-mast.
British Dictionary definitions for mizzen
a sail set on a mizzenmast
short for mizzenmast
of or relating to any kind of gear used with a mizzenmast: a mizzen staysail
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