Definition of Mainmast

1. Noun. The chief mast of a sailing vessel with two or more masts.

Generic synonyms: Mast



Definition of Mainmast

1. n. The principal mast in a ship or other vessel.

Definition of Mainmast

1. Noun. The chief, and tallest mast of a sailing ship that has more than one mast. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mainmast

1. the principal mast of a vessel [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mainmast

mainies
maining
mainland
mainland China
mainland Chinese
mainlander
mainlanders
mainlands
mainline
mainlined
mainliner
mainliners
mainlines
mainlining
mainly
mainmast (current term)
mainmasts
mainor
mainors
mainour
mainours
mainpernable
mainpernor
mainpernors
mainpin
mainpins
mainplane
mainprise
mainprised
mainprises

Literary usage of Mainmast

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1. Shipwreck by Lightning: Papers Relative to Harris Lightning Conductors by William Snow Harris (1853)
"PM, mainmast damaged ; ship had a new mast at Malta. 109. ... PM, mizen-topmast and mainmast severely damaged ; maintop set on fire ; ship struck five times ..."

2. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"that he should return to his command, where his services must be wanted, a jury mainmast is fitting to the Northumberland, under this island, to enable her ..."

3. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1866)
"In twenty minutes from this time the Alabama went down, her mainmast, which had been shot, breaking near the head as she sunk, and her bow rising high out ..."

4. The Gentleman's Magazine (1808)
"... owing to our crippled state, having two 24-pounders shot through the foremast, one through the mainmast, and one through the ..."

5. Encyclopaedia of Ships and Shipping by Herbert B. Mason (1908)
"Strictly speaking, a three-masted vessel having bowsprit, mainmast, foremast, and mizzen- mast, each square-rigged and composed of a lower mast, a topmast, ..."

6. Seamanship by George Strong Nares, United States Coast Guard Academy (1865)
"Is the furthest forward, and is the next in size to the mainmast. •which has its distinguishing name. The lower masts (Figs. 120, 121). ..."

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