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mizzenmast

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[miz-uh n-mast, -mahst; Nautical miz-uh n-muh st]
noun Nautical.
  1. the third mast from forward in a vessel having three or more masts.
  2. the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy; jiggermast.
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Origin of mizzenmast

First recorded in 1375–1425, mizzenmast is from the late Middle English word meson mast. See mizzen, mast1
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Examples from the Web for mizzenmast

Historical Examples

  • In the yawl the mizzenmast is always stepped aft of the rudder-post.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • The mast upon which the smaller sail is set is known as the mizzenmast.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • Teach, to the fore; Raveneau, to the main; and Rock, to the mizzenmast.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • It fell quickly, and as it fell it bore down the mizzenmast.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

    Thomas Stanley Treanor

  • She had lost her mizzenmast, and her other masts and several of her yards were injured.

    The Rival Crusoes

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for mizzenmast

mizzenmast

mizenmast

noun nautical
  1. (on a yawl, ketch, or dandy) the after mast
  2. (on a vessel with three or more masts) the third mast from the bow
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