mizen

mizzen

[miz-uhn] Nautical.
noun
1.
a fore-and-aft sail set on a mizzenmast. Compare crossjack, spanker ( def 1a ). See diag. under ship.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to a mizzenmast.
4.
noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a mizzen lower mast or to some upper mast of a mizzenmast.
5.
noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a mizzen lower mast or some specified upper mast of a mizzenmast: mizzen topmast stay.
Also, mizen.


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English meson, mesan, probably < Italian mezzana

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mizzen or nautical mizen (ˈmɪzən)
 
n
1.  a sail set on a mizzenmast
2.  short for mizzenmast
 
adj
3.  of or relating to any kind of gear used with a mizzenmast: a mizzen staysail
 
[C15: from French misaine, from Italian mezzana, mezzano middle]
 
mizen or nautical mizen
 
n
 
adj
 
[C15: from French misaine, from Italian mezzana, mezzano middle]

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mizzen
c.1415, from M.Fr. misaine "foresail, foremast," alt. by infl. of It. mezzana "mizzen" from O.Fr. migenne, from Catalan mitjana, from L. medianus "of the middle" (see median).
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