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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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  • Unknown to us, this had happened to a strong, new manilla rope by which Murphy was being hauled to the top of the lower-mast.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • A top-mast is raised at the head or top of the lower-mast through a cap, and supported by the trestle-trees.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • This formed a rectangular staging, with the lower-mast running fore and aft through its centre.

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood

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