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ˈmɪz ənmizzen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mizzenmast, mizenmast, mizzen, mizennoun

    third mast from the bow in a vessel having three or more masts; the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy

  2. mizzen, mizennoun

    fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast


  1. mizzennoun


  2. mizzennoun

    A fore-and-aft sail set on a mizzenmast.

  3. Etymology: From misaine, modified from migenne (through influence from Italian mezzana), from mitjana, feminine of mitjan, ultimately from medianus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mizzennoun

    The mizzen is a mast in the stern or back back of a ship: in some large ships there are two such masts, that standing next the main mast is called the main mizzen, and the other near the poop the bonaventure mizzen: the length of a mizzen mast is half that of the main mast, or the height of it is the same with that of the maintop mast from the quarterdeck, and the length of the mizzen topmast is half that. Bail.

    Etymology: mezaen, Dutch.

    A commander at sea had his leg fractured by the fall of his mizzen topmast. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.


  1. mizzen

    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 sails, spars, and derricks, 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.Until the mid-19th century, all vessels' masts were made of wood formed from a single or several pieces 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 from single tree trunks. On these larger vessels, to achieve the required height, the masts were built from up to four sections (also called masts). From lowest to highest, these were called: 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. Those who specialised in making masts were known as mastmakers.


  1. mizzen

    A mizzen is the third mast or the mast aft the main mast on a ship that has three or more masts. The term "mizzen" can also refer to the sail that is attached to the mizzen mast. It is generally smaller and located behind the mainmast.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mizzenadjective

    hindmost; nearest the stern; as, the mizzen shrouds, sails, etc

  2. Mizzennoun

    the hindmost of the fore and aft sails of a three-masted vessel; also, the spanker

  3. Etymology: [It. mezzana, fr. mezzano middle, fr. mezzo middle, half: cf. F. misaine foresail. See Mezzo.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mizzen

    Mizen, miz′n, n. in a three-masted vessel, the hindmost of the fore-and-aft sails: the spanker or driver.—adj. belonging to the mizzen: nearest the stern.—n. Mizz′en-mast, the mast that bears the mizzen. [Fr. misaine—It. mezzana—Low L. medianus—L. medius, the middle.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mizzen in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mizzen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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