a vertical spar for supporting sails
nuts of forest trees (as beechnuts and acorns) accumulated on the ground
nuts of forest trees used as feed for swine
any sturdy upright pole
the fruit of the oak and beech, or other forest trees; nuts; acorns
a pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails, yards, rigging, etc. A mast may also consist of several pieces of timber united by iron bands, or of a hollow pillar of iron or steel
the vertical post of a derrick or crane
to furnish with a mast or masts; to put the masts of in position; as, to mast a ship
Origin: [AS. maest, masc.; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. mast, Icel. mastr, and perh. to L. malus.]
The mast of a sailing vessel is a tall spar, or arrangement of spars, erected more or less vertically on the centre-line of a ship or boat. Its purposes include carrying sail, spars, and derricks, and giving necessary height to a navigation light, look-out position, signal yard, control position, radio aerial or signal lamp. Large ships have several masts, with the size and configuration depending on the style of ship. Nearly all sailing masts are guyed masts. Until the mid-19th century all vessels' masts were made of wood formed from a single or several piece of timber which typically consisted of the trunk of a conifer tree. From the 16th century, vessels were often built of a size requiring masts taller and thicker than could be made from single tree trunks. On these larger vessels, to achieve the required height, the masts were built from up to four sections, known in order of rising height above the decks as the lower, top, topgallant and royal masts. Giving the lower sections sufficient thickness necessitated building them up from separate pieces of wood. Such a section was known as a made mast, as opposed to sections formed from single pieces of timber, which were known as pole masts.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mast, n. a long upright pole for bearing the yards, rigging, &c. in a ship.—v.t. to supply with a mast or masts.—adj. Mast′ed.—n. Mast′-head, the head or top of the mast of a ship.—v.t. to raise to the mast-head: to punish by sending a sailor to the mast-head for a certain time.—n. Mast′-house, the place in dockyards where masts are made.—adj. Mast′less, having no mast. [A.S. mæst, the stem of a tree; Ger. mast.]
mast, n. the fruit of the oak, beech, chestnut, and other forest trees, on which swine feed: nuts, acorns.—adjs. Mast′ful; Mast′less; Mast′y. [A.S. mæst; Ger. mast, whence mästen, to feed.]
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The numerical value of mast in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of mast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We don't want anything to become entangled in the mast and the wreckage around it.
In the government's name, I declare a week-long state of national mourning with all flags in the land flying at half-mast.
It's basically a virtual mast, so you could imagine surveillance operations, rescue missions at sea or on land, surveillance of large complexes like nuclear power stations.
We could be here for days, and you still would not understand all the inner workings of Brynn and all of her medical issues, but I think the underlying one is the mast cell disease, which is a beast, and continues to become a bigger beast, day by day.
We deleted the composite mast and deleted the aft house. We took the Marines down to 500 and took half of the medical space away. We took four engines down to two, we deleted a generator, deleted the electrical load topside and we also made some of the systems simpler.
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- шчогла, мачтаBelarusian
- palCatalan, Valencian
- masto, mastizarIdo
- mastur, siglutréIcelandic
- alberare, inalberare, alberoItalian
- マスト, 帆柱Japanese
- napparutKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- јарбол, катаркаMacedonian
- catarg, arboreRomanian
- јарбол, jarbolSerbo-Croatian
- sťažeň, stožiarSlovak
- мачта, щоглаUkrainian
- cột buồmVietnamese
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