• WordNet 3.6
    • n masthead the head or top of a mast
    • n masthead the title of a newspaper or magazine; usually printed on the front page and on the editorial page
    • n masthead a listing printed in all issues of a newspaper or magazine (usually on the editorial page) that gives the name of the publication and the names of the editorial staff, etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Masthead (Naut) The top or head of a mast; the part of a mast above the hounds.
    • v. t Masthead (Naut) To cause to go to the masthead as a punishment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n masthead The top or head of the mast of a ship or vessel; technically, the top or head of the lower mast, but by extension the highest point of the mast. Thus, a sailor may be sent to the masthead (the top of the lower mast) as a lookout-man, or for punishment: to carry the colors at the masthead is to carry them at the highest point of the mast.
    • n masthead One who is stationed at the masthead: as, the sundown masthead.
    • masthead To raise to the masthead; place or display at the masthead.
    • masthead To punish, as a sailor, by sending to the masthead (the top of one of the lower masts) for a certain or an indefinite time.
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In literature:

Our port and starboard, as well as the masthead light were burning, and we had closed in the pilot-house, so that we could see nothing ahead.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
This is the period when the legend describes him as hoisting a broom to his masthead.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
But then, if no second squall is coming, the mate will cut the clewing short with a stentorian 'Masthead the yards again!
"All Afloat" by William Wood
The blue jackets were wild with delight when they saw the American flag at the masthead of the Spanish cruiser.
"Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser" by Walter Fenton Mott
Now they were half way up to the masthead and no one had seen them.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
If we're not aboard by eight bells, old Bracebridge 'll masthead us.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Back yonder in the States they'll be having parades and speeches, and the flag will be flying from every masthead.
"The Flag" by Homer Greene
A light hitherto concealed, was now hoisted up to the masthead.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
There's his codfish ensign at his masthead.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston
Her small voice grew sharp and shrill, like the cry of a sea-bird from the masthead.
"The Immortal" by Alphonse Daudet
I can just make out her mastheads rising above the horizon.
"With Airship and Submarine" by Harry Collingwood
Above its top the masthead light shed a yellow glimmer, and far below, the sea leapt and frothed about the line of hull.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Soon the blue fires began to play about their masthead.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
About noon Job climbed to the masthead for a reconnaissance and on coming down reported a sail to the east, but no sign of any wind.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
Maybe he blinks his masthead light.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
There was wild excitement till the Cross of St. George could be distinguished at her masthead.
"From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade" by Frederic C. Curry
Tom was at the masthead, endeavouring to pick up some landmark.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The old skipper was laughing gleefully, and our spirits were as high as the masthead.
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
But soon a standard was run up to the masthead, unfolding to the breeze the flag of England.
"Famous Firesides of French Canada" by Mary Wilson Alloway
Note the coat at the masthead.
"The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler

In poetry:

Of silver silk, whereon the red
Great gladioli burn,
A rainbow-flag at her masthead,
A rose-flag at her stern;
"A Sunset Fantasy" by Victor James Daley
But the night passed, and the great gale
Went down at dawn … and we made sail,
And sent the yards to the masthead,
The watch sung out to wake the dead ...
'Them tea-things is all right,' Dan said.
"Christmas Night" by Cicely Fox Smith
No lights shone out from her looming side,
No lamp at her masthead;
No hail came over the boiling surf
From the vessel of the dead;
And a dead man stood at the helm and steered,
And the waves in her wake were red.
"The "Bride" Of Leith" by Cicely Fox Smith
Now at early one morning, just as the sun rose,
A man from her masthead cries out. “There she blows!”
“We’re away!” cried our skipper, and springing aloft
‘Three points on the lee bow and scarce three miles off”
"The ‘Waterwitch’" by Anonymous Oceania
Ah, long and long we waited and fretted to be free,
We lay and chaffed in vain, my boys, like bandogs on the chain,
Till there came a mighty galleon, high tow'ring o'er the sea,
And at her masthead flaunted the golden flag of Spain.
"How We Took The Great Galleon" by Cicely Fox Smith
We swarmed up sides and bulwarks and gave them blow for blow,
And all night long we fought, my boys, 'mid the dying and the dead,
Till our young Captain's broadsword had laid their leader low,
And at the masthead floated St. Georges Cross of red.
"How We Took The Great Galleon" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

That's a question some members of the masthead are asking as preparations are made to reduce the newsroom by 100 bodies in the coming weeks.
Creating a 3D Masthead in Word 2010.
Watch this video to learn how to create a 3D masthead in Word 2010.
New Masthead, Features & More at the Sentinel.
Hopefully you have noticed by now, the masthead for the Sentinel has been redesigned.
The 25 Editors and Staffers to Steal For Your Masthead.
Meet the London Times Masthead, Circa 1981.
20 years behind the masthead.
New Masthead , Features & More at the Sentinel.
The 25 Editors and Staffers to Steal For Your Masthead .
The Unabridged Esquire Masthead .
Meet the London Times Masthead , Circa 1981.
20 years behind the masthead .
Kos, renowned as the pioneer of masthead photography, first hoisted to the top of a 24 meter mast during the America's Cup in 1982.
Colin Crawford has been appointed assistant managing editor of photography at The Los Angeles Times and the title is a newly created "masthead" position for the newspaper.