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topgallant mast

noun, Nautical
a mast fixed to the head of a topmast on a square-rigged vessel.
Origin of topgallant mast
1505-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mulford soon had the reef out, and the sail distended to the utmost, while the topgallant-mast was soon up and fidded.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper
  • Ay, ay; I've sprung my topgallant-mast, and think this a good occasion to get another up in its place.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper
  • Masts: The masts of a full-rigged three-masted ship are the following: Fore-mast, topmast, topgallant-mast, royal mast.

  • The topgallant-mast still reared its taper form high above me, and the worst was yet to come.

    Hudson Bay R.M. Ballantyne
  • The foretop and topgallant-mast came down with a run and hung in wreckage on the fore-mast, with the fore-yard vertical.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • A yet smaller mast, elevated through irons at the head of the topgallant-mast; but more generally the two are formed of one spar.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • I considered it far more probable that the mizzen-topmast or topgallant-mast had been shot away.

    The Log of a Privateersman Harry Collingwood
  • The mast-rope employed to sway up a top-mast or topgallant-mast, in order to fix it in its place, or lower it.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • I knows her by the way her fore-topmast and topgallant-mast is looking over her bows.

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
  • So we climbed up to the cap of the topgallant-mast in company; but, as far apart as the poles, though so close together.

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson

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