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royal mast

or royalmast

noun, Nautical
a mast situated immediately above, and generally formed as a single spar with, a topgallant mast.
Origin of royal mast
1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Masts: The masts of a full-rigged three-masted ship are the following: Fore-mast, topmast, topgallant-mast, royal mast.

  • He could feel the royal mast swaying and whipping like a fishing-rod—the stays were as tight as the strings of a fiddle.

  • Topmast: The next mast to the lower mast; in ships, the topmast is succeeded by top-gallant mast and royal mast.

  • The third mate would keep him two hours on end, larnin' to rig out a sterns'l boom, or grease a royal mast.

    The Green Hand George Cupples

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