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mainmast

[meyn-mast, -mahst; Nautical meyn-muh st] /ˈmeɪnˌmæst, -ˌmɑst; Nautical ˈmeɪn məst/
noun, Nautical
1.
the second mast from forward in any ship having two or more masts, except for a yawl, ketch, or dandy.
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 of mainmast
1475-1485
1475-85; main1 + mast1
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  • Boys,” cried the instructor in a louder key, pointing as he spoke, “you see the mainmast there?

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
  • He snatched a cross-bow from the rack about the mainmast, fitted a shaft to it and took aim.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Roger saw an Indian run up the shrouds by the mainmast and hitch a tackle.

  • They crowded to the bulwarks of the waist-deck and swarmed upon the rat-lines of the mainmast.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • About the mainmast were huddled the surviving Spaniards, weaponless and broken in courage, a herd of timid, bewildered sheep.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He stepped to the mainmast, about which the powder kegs had been stacked.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Almost immediately afterwards the mainmast followed, though the foremast still stood, enabling her to continue the action.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • If you should want me for anything, hoist some kind of flag on the mainmast.

  • The 'Pennsylvania' burned like a volcano for five hours and a half before her mainmast fell.

  • The Malays had left their stations and stood clustered by the mainmast in a silent group.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for mainmast

mainmast

/ˈmeɪnˌmɑːst/
noun
1.
(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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Word Origin and History for mainmast
n.

16c., from main (adj.) + mast (n.1).

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