• WordNet 3.6
    • n mizzen fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast
    • n mizzen 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Mizzen (Naut) Hindmost; nearest the stern; as, the mizzen shrouds, sails, etc.
    • n Mizzen (Naut) The hindmost of the fore and aft sails of a three-masted vessel; also, the spanker.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mizzen Nautical, the aftermost fore-and-aft sail in a ship, set abaft the mizzenmast, and having its head extended by a gaff; a spanker. See spanker.
    • mizzen Noting the hindmost pair of horns in a five-horned giraffe, a small pair of projections arising from the lambdoid crest, back of the larger frontal horns.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mizzen miz′n in a three-masted vessel, the hindmost of the fore-and-aft sails: the spanker or driver
    • adj Mizzen belonging to the mizzen: nearest the stern
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. mezzana, fr. mezzano, middle, fr. mezzo, middle, half: cf. F. misaine, foresail. See Mezzo


In literature:

Now, Eric," he added, "you've got to tend your duties to the last aboard, you know; away aft with you an' see to the mizzen sheets.
"Fritz and Eric" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Feeling rested, I now began to creep up step by step so as to reach the mizzen-top, where I hoped I could remain unseen.
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
I flew to the rigging, and my station in the mizzen-top.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The skipper he give us orders to cut away the mizzen-mast, to lighten her.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
One was standing with his back toward me beside the mizzen-mast.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
The frigate's mizzen-topmast had been shot away, and came tumbling down on deck.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
The mizzen-mast alone stood.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
An officer and two or three men sprang into the "Marlborough's" mizzen rigging to secure the bowsprit to it.
"The Story of Nelson" by W.H.G. Kingston
Her foremast carried square sails; her main and mizzen masts were schooner-rigged.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Nelson was mortally wounded by a musket shot from the mizzen-top soon after the ships closed.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott

In poetry:

They stirred their stumps, they spiked the pumps,
They spliced the mizzen brace;
Aloft and alow they worked, but oh!
The water gained apace.
"A Sailor's Yarn" by James Jeffrey Roche
'Twas Captain Porgie on the deck,
To his mate in the mizzen hatch,
While the boatswain bold, in the forward hold,
Was winding the larboard watch.
"A Sailor's Yarn" by James Jeffrey Roche
This pirate of the over sea,
No black-hulled brig he sails,
No black flag at the mizzen-peak
Flaunts death-heads to the gales.
Yet fiercer than the wild Corsair
This pirate of the upper air.
"The Hawk" by James Edwin Campbell
And the "Blanche's" crew without dismay
Fired a broadside into the "Pique" without delay,
Which raked her fore and aft, and knocked her to smash,
And the mizzen mast fell overboard with a terrible crash.
"An All-Night Sea Fight" by William Topaz McGonagall
We'll sheet the mizzen-royals home and shimmer down the Bay,
The sea-line blue with billows, the land-line blurred and grey;
The bow-wash will be piling high and thrashing into spray,
As the hooker's fore-foot tramples down the swell.
"A Pier-Head Chorus" by John Masefield

In news:

Juddmonte Farms Inc. Cosset Mizzen Mast Cozzene.
This is Roger Payne talking to you from the Odyssey, under mainsail, mizzen and jib as we sail west across the rolling tropical pacific.
Mizzen Mast's Fee Raised to $15,000.
Mizzen Mast, the sole stallion to sire as many as two Breeders' Cup World Championships winners this year, will stand in 2013 for $15,000, up from $12,500 in 2012.
Mizzen Mast Colt Commands $350,000 at OBS.
Mizzen Mast colt became the highest-priced horse sold during the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.
Mizzen Mast to Stand for $12,500 at Juddmonte.
Mizzen Mast at Juddmonte Farms.
Mizzen Mast, sire of 21 stakes winners, will stand in 2011 for $12,500 at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington.
Mizzen Mast's Current Top Performers.
FLOTILLA (FR Dark Bay or Brown Filly, 2 yo, 122 lb) $540,000 Mizzen Mast —Louvain (IRE), by Sinndar (IRE) B—Eric Puerari, Oceanic Bloodstock & Ariane Gravereaux, FR.
Mizzen Mast 's Current Top Performers.
Back to Mizzen Mast 's Current Top Performers.
Lord Sinclair Mizzen Mast Cozzene.
Ultimate Eagle Mizzen Mast Cozzene.