topmast

[ top-mast, -mahst; Nautical top-muh st ]
/ ˈtɒpˌmæst, -ˌmɑst; Nautical ˈtɒp məst /
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noun Nautical.

the mast next above a lower mast, usually formed as a separate spar from the lower mast and used to support the yards or rigging of a topsail or topsails.

Nearby words

  1. topknot,
  2. topless,
  3. topline,
  4. toplofty,
  5. topman,
  6. topmaul,
  7. topminnow,
  8. topmost,
  9. topneck,
  10. topnotch

Origin of topmast

First recorded in 1475–85; top1 + mast1

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British Dictionary definitions for topmast

topmast

/ (ˈtɒpˌmɑːst, nautical ˈtɒpməst) /

noun

the mast next above a lower mast on a sailing vessel
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