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[fawr-top-mast, -mahst, fohr-; Nautical fawr-top-muh st, fohr-] /ˌfɔrˈtɒpˌmæst, -ˌmɑst, ˌfoʊr-; Nautical ˌfɔrˈtɒp məst, ˌfoʊr-/
the spar or section of a pole mast serving as the topmast of a foremast on a ship.
Origin of fore-topmast
1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As she came up to the wind, the fore-topmast went over to leeward, being carried away at the cap.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • There was a loud crash—the fore-topmast had gone over the side.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • A loud crash was heard, and the fore-topmast went over the side, carrying away the jibboom.

  • The Revenge lost her fore-topmast ere the swine could find their wits.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • The first glance of the captain, on recovering his feet and sustaining himself by clasping round a gun, was to the fore-topmast.

    Captain Kyd, Vol. II Joseph Holt Ingraham
  • At length, her fore-topmast, which had before been severely injured by a chain shot, came down with a crash upon the deck.

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • While he was thus engaged, the mate summoned him to assist in setting the fore-topmast staysail.

    The Coming Wave Oliver Optic
  • The fore-topmast was in its place, the main-topgallant-mast replaced, and the standing and running rigging nearly finished.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
  • Indeed, many officers go so far as to recommend flanking across the south-east Trade with a fore-topmast studding-sail set.

  • Jib-topsail: A triangular sail set on the fore-topmast stay of fore-and-aft vessels.

British Dictionary definitions for fore-topmast


/fɔːˈtɒpˌmɑːst; nautical fɔːˈtɒpməst/
(nautical) a mast stepped above a foremast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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