topmast

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n topmast the mast next above a lower mast and topmost in a fore-and-aft rig
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Topmast (Naut) The second mast, or that which is next above the lower mast, and below the topgallant mast.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n topmast Nautical, the second mast from the deck, or that which is next, above the lower mast—main, fore, or mizzen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Topmast the second mast, or that immediately above the lower mast
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. top; Ger. zopf.

Usage

In literature:

With topmast high and bowsprit.
"Everyman and Other Old Religious Plays, with an Introduction" by Anonymous
Suppose you send that topmast down in the morning and generally overhaul.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
Lower and lower she sank; as she did so, Peter climbed up to the topmast-head, and there he clung.
"The History of Little Peter, the Ship Boy" by W.H.G. Kingston
By striking her yards, and then her topmasts, she at length rode securely.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
It was not till the year 1693 that men-of-war on the home service were allowed to carry to sea spare topmasts and sails.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Mr. Watts respectfully assured him the topmast was strong enough to stand the strain; but the master was set in his own opinion.
"Work and Win" by Oliver Optic
The ship capered about till she had her topmast overboard with the jib attached to it.
"The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson" by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
A tempest swept over the lake, and topmasts and yards were let go by the run.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Raleigh, Sir Walter, on striking topmasts, 53.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
We immediately hove-to, to get in the wreck of the topmast, and to repair damages.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
The white horse, which is the ensign of these rovers, was hanging from her topmast, and she appeared to be crowded with men.
"The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The St. George had topmasts as lower masts, and top-gallant masts as topmasts.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II" by Sir John Ross
The captain took up the receiver, which communicated with the topmast.
"The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet" by Kenneth Ward
Then all hands went to work and attacked the topmast rigging, which, being less complicated, was soon cleared away.
"Dick Leslie's Luck" by Harry Collingwood
And now even her topmasts see it set.
"If, Yes and Perhaps" by Edward Everett Hale
As he looked her over his eyes were drawn aloft to a series of wires strung between her topmasts.
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
Mr. Brandon raised his hand, and a ball of bunting at the topmast fluttered out into the Cross of St. George.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
His topmast is gone; he sails slowly.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Topmasts to match, and there was some sail to drive a vessel.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
The lightning became more frequent and vivid, and the thunder seemed breaking on the very topmasts of the vessel.
"Daisy's Necklace" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
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In poetry:

And she gaed down, and farther down,
Her love's ship for to see,
And the topmast and the mainmast
Shone like the silver free.
"Fair Annie" by Andrew Lang
And she's gane down, and farther down,
The bride's ship to behold,
And the topmast and the mainmast
They shone just like the gold.
"Fair Annie" by Andrew Lang
The ankers brak, and the topmasts lap,
It was sic a deadly storm;
And the waves cam o'er the broken ship,
Till a' her sides were torn.
"Sir Patrick Spens" by Henry Morley
They had mounted fast the high topmast,
To watch for the beacon's light ;
On the right, on the left, they can trace it not
Thro' the darkness of the night !
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
They are meeting—they are met—
Where is now the gallant ship?
Down on her side—all bruised her pride—
Her topmast on the deep—
And her strongest—amplest sail,
Shred in tatters by the gale.
"The Oceanides VII" by Mary Jane Jewsbury
For years the schooner Gonfalon
Was sailed by the savage old Rochon,
And wherever she went, at her topmast high
Dangled a corpse against the sky—
A corpse that like a mummy grew
And lightly about in the breezes blew!
"Old Rochon" by Maurice Thompson