• WordNet 3.6
    • n mizen fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast
    • n mizen third mast from the bow in a vessel having three or more masts; the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mizen See mizzen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mizen in a three-masted vessel, the hindmost of the fore-and-aft sails: the spanker or driver
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. misaine—It. mezzana—Low L. medianus—L. medius, the middle.


In literature:

The mizen-mast of the black frigate had been shot away, and over the side it went, with its yards and sails.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
We had no place to fly to but up the mizen rigging.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
There was a loud crash, followed by a groan: the mizen yard had parted, and, falling, had struck the old master, Captain Snow, to the deck.
"The Ferryman of Brill" by William H. G. Kingston
Again pouring in his broadside, he shot away the French frigate's mizen-mast, which came crashing down on deck.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
The first discharge produced no apparent damage; but at the second, down came her mizen-yard.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
The mizen-topmast was also gone, and the rigging of the mainmast seemed terribly cut up.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
I seed him myself come out o' the mizen-chains!
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 1, August 1850" by Various
A gun is fired at eight o'clock in the morning from the ship where it is to be held, and a union flag is displayed at the mizen peak.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The mizen-mast had broken adrift.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
The crew were seen in the mizen rigging, frantically waving.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
Scarcely had it died away when the mizen-mast followed; and now the stout ship was seen to be heeling over.
"John Deane of Nottingham" by W.H.G. Kingston
Her foremast was immediately shot away; her mizen-mast was seen to fall.
"The Story of Nelson" by W.H.G. Kingston
The helm was put up, the mizen-topsail furled, the yards squared away, and once more we ran before the gale.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Owen, with the other boys, lay out on the mizen-topsail yard.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston
The enemy hauled up within two hundred yards of the mizen beam and cheered.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
An officer and two or three men sprang into the "Marlborough's" mizen rigging to secure the bowsprit to it.
"The Grateful Indian" by W.H.G. Kingston
He waved his cap as the rest of us did, for Porpoise and I knew Mizen.
"The Cruise of the Frolic" by W.H.G. Kingston
The mizen-mast went first, without the smallest effect on the ship.
"The Rival Crusoes" by Agnes Strickland
The mistake was discovered before the flags had got halfway to the mizen peak, when they were hauled down and hoisted properly.
"Flags:" by Andrew Macgeorge
Then I think a lug sail and mizen would suit her best.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies

In news:

Mizen , 64, of Mesa, Ariz. And formerly of Sandusky and Tiffin, died Saturday, July 14, 2012.
Larry is survived by his wife, Becky Mizen .
Dispatch/Argus Photo By Todd Mizener.