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lower mast

[loh-er] /ˈloʊ ər/
noun, Nautical
1.
the lowermost spar of a compound mast, stepped in the hull of a vessel and carrying a topmast and any other upper spars.
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  • When the lower mast, the topmasts, and the royals were sawn and split, the principal pieces of the raft were ready.

  • Every hour of sleep the people get will be a lower mast saved.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • On the bowsprit is stretched the jib, another triangular sail, which reaches nearly to the top of the lower mast.

    Man on the Ocean R.M. Ballantyne
  • A ship's lower mast is a made spar; her top-mast is a whole spar.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A small projection on the outside of the cheeks of a lower mast, at the upper parts of the hounds.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Then he came to the mass of woodwork and ropes at the head of the lower mast.

    The Life of a Ship R.M. Ballantyne
  • Topmast: The next mast to the lower mast; in ships, the topmast is succeeded by top-gallant mast and royal mast.

  • At the head of the lower mast of a ship is a platform called the "top."

  • These are usually kept coiled away in the top, with the pennant, which hooks to the cap of the lower mast.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • They were usually of fir; and the head of the lower mast, which is at present called the top, was in the shape of a drinking cup.

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