|1.||nautical any vertical spar for supporting sails, rigging, flags, etc, above the deck of a vessel or any components of such a composite spar|
|2.||any sturdy upright pole used as a support|
|3.||nautical Also called: captain's mast a hearing conducted by the captain of a vessel into minor offences of the crew|
|4.||nautical before the mast as an apprentice seaman|
|5.||(tr) nautical to equip with a mast or masts|
|[Old English mæst; related to Middle Dutch mast and Latin mālus pole]|
Variant of masto-.
military antishock trousers
see at half-mast.
in botany, nuts or fruits of trees and shrubs, such as beechnuts, acorns, and berries, that accumulate on the forest floor, providing forage for game animals and swine. Mast has also been used as human food and to fatten poultry. The phrase "a good mast year" refers to a period in which there is a heavy crop of wild nuts
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