main-mast

mainmast

[meyn-mast, -mahst; Nautical meyn-muhst]
noun Nautical.
1.
the second mast from forward in any ship having two or more masts, except for a yawl, ketch, or dandy. See illus. under quarterdeck.
2.
the larger forward mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy.
3.
the sole mast of any of various ships, as sloops or cutters.

Origin:
1475–85; main1 + mast1

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mainmast (ˈmeɪnˌmɑːst)
 
n
nautical the chief mast of a sailing vessel with two or more masts, being the foremast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy and the second mast from the bow of most others

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