Sheer′-hulk, an old dismasted ship with a pair of sheers mounted on it for masting ships; Sheer′-leg, one of the spars.
There are also hulks for convicts, and for masting, as sheer-hulk.
The proportions for the length of spars are based upon the masting rules given by M'Kay in 1839.
I do not know how far the masting was consonant to his wishes.
The peculiar style of her masting had drawn his attention to her.
The consideration of the “masting” industry will be taken up in the next chapter.
The masting business was, however, carried on by Hazen, White and Peabody for several years longer.
The masting business was a very important one in the early days of New Brunswick.
Money too began to circulate more freely, owing to the development of the masting industry.
Well, do you remember licking a young fellow there for jerking the roof log out of the hotel with your masting team of oxen?
"long pole on a ship to support the sail," Old English mæst, from Proto-Germanic *mastaz (cf. Old Norse mastr, Middle Dutch maste, Dutch, Danish mast, German Mast), from PIE *mazdo- "a pole, rod" (cf. Latin malus "mast," Old Irish matan "club," Irish maide "a stick," Old Church Slavonic mostu "bridge"). The single mast of an old ship was the boundary between quarters of officers and crew, hence before the mast in the title of Dana's book, etc.
"fallen nuts; food for swine," Old English mæst, from Proto-Germanic *masto (cf. Dutch, Old High German, German mast "mast;" Old English verb mæsten "to fatten, feed"), perhaps from PIE *mad-sta-, from root *mad- "moist, wet," also used of various qualities of food (cf. Sanskrit madati "it bubbles, gladdens," medah "fat, marrow;" Latin madere "be sodden, be drunk;" Middle Persian mast "drunk;" Old English mete "food," Old High German muos "meal, mushlike food," Gothic mats "food").