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topgallant mast

noun

, Nautical.
  1. a mast fixed to the head of a topmast on a square-rigged vessel.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of topgallant mast1

First recorded in 1505–15

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Example Sentences

The foremast is sprung, the main-topgallant mast is gone, and the mizzen has been snapped off close by the deck.

The topgallant-mast still reared its taper form high above me, and the worst was yet to come.

Masts: The masts of a full-rigged three-masted ship are the following: Fore-mast, topmast, topgallant-mast, royal mast.

See Topgallant-mast, to which may be added its proper sail, yard, and studding-sail.

The top-mast, topgallant-mast, and royal-mast; any spars above these are termed poles.

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