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[meyn-top-mast, -mahst; Nautical meyn-top-muh st] /ˌmeɪnˈtɒpˌmæst, -ˌmɑst; Nautical ˌmeɪnˈtɒp məst/
noun, Nautical.
the mast next above the main lower mast.
Origin of main-topmast
1485-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Presently the "Boxer" lost her main-topmast, and McCall, hanging on her bow, kept up his raking fire.

  • Away to leeward we discovered the Canada, with her main-topmast and mizzenmast gone.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • Mark took another look at the sea, reefs and islands, from the main-topmast cross-trees of the ship, as she lay in her new berth.

    The Crater James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Glorieux had lost her foremast, bowsprit, and main-topmast.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • The fore-and-main trysails; fore-and-aft sails set with gaffs, introduced instead of main-topmast and mizen staysails.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Swan's ship had 16 guns, with a crew of 140 men, all English, and carried a Saint George's flag at her main-topmast head.

  • The captain ordered the ensign to be hoisted to the main-topmast shrouds, and the guns to be got all clear for firing.

  • In a few minutes the American's main-topmast fell, followed by his gaff and mizzen-topgallant-mast.

  • “There goes her main-topmast,” cried Owen, almost with a groan.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • Down came the main-topmast staysail, and Mark jumped on the forecastle, while he called out to Bob to lash the helm a-lee.

    The Crater James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for main-topmast


(nautical) the mast immediately above the mainmast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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