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[top-mast, -mahst; Nautical top-muh st] /ˈtɒpˌmæst, -ˌmɑst; Nautical ˈtɒp məst/
noun, Nautical
the mast next above a lower mast, usually formed as a separate spar from the lower mast and used to support the yards or rigging of a topsail or topsails.
Origin of topmast
1475-85; top1 + mast1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He contented himself with climbing up to the topmast cross-trees, to which he was followed by two of the Frenchmen.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Now, if we could but get a fresh spar for a topmast, we should soon be all ataunto.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Mr. Mingo ran up the topmast rigging, and seated himself on the cross-trees.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • We can carry away a topmast, and make a new one out of the hand-mast at sea.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • All were dressed from their hulls to their topmast heads with tiny flags in gayest colors, as it happened to be Coronation day.

    Under the Southern Cross Maturin M. Ballou
  • The size of the topmast stays should be once and a quarter that of the rigging.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • The vessel heaved over it when the water rose, and sunk, so that only her topmast stuck out.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
  • Its size should be about five sevenths of the topmast rigging.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • “Yes,” replied the man after a pause in ascending the topmast shrouds.

    The Phantom Ship Frederick Marryat
  • Now, just visible on the glowing horizon, was the topmast of a vessel.

British Dictionary definitions for topmast


/ˈtɒpˌmɑːst; nautical ˈtɒpməst/
the mast next above a lower mast on a sailing vessel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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